Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Cleveland Mt 4.8.03

I had hoped for a summit attempt of Cleveland Mt., but the Northern slopes had recent avalanche activity. This hike started under partly sunny skies and warm temps for this time of year. I just wore shorts and a t-shirt. There is a logging road that starts just before the Money Creek Rd crosses Money Creek. I parked just a couple hundred yards in, the road is very driveable for quite a ways provided you have some ground clearance. The road itself is fairly brush free and is maddingly lacking in steepness. I hit sustained snow near 2900ft and donned snowshoes. The snow was rather deep and there was very many snow washouts that took much extra time to negotiate. I continued on the road that tracks near the ridge that will take you right to the base of Cleveland Mt.. I reached my turn around time near 4000ft, I had hoped to at least reach the ridge saddle at 4300ft and drop to Cleveland Lake. Unfortunately the slow going wouldn't allow for that. It appears to me after melt out this should be a straight forward route.

Total distance approx 12 miles Total climb 3000ft Total time 5 hrs

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