Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Sasse Mt 4.22.03

Today's goal was for Sasse Mt. summit via the logging road that starts just past the Red Mt campground. There was some patchy snow at the start of the road so I parked, only to find that I could have driven to 3300ft. I just expected the snow to start, making it fruitless to return and get the car. So wasting 1000ft of unneeded climb I pressed on. The snow warranted snow shoes at the third gate (3300ft), which was open. I reached the end of the road near 4600ft and dropped pack and decided that Sasse Mt summit would have to wait for another day. I did want to climb something so I headed up to the distinct pt. 5560 which is between the Sasse Mt summit and pt. 5335. I kept in the trees on a subtle spur the leads to this pt. I reach 5100ft and decided that the dogs might have a tough time downclimbing and retreated to my pack. After watching the ease that the dogs had getting back to the pack, I couldn't help but think I should have pressed on.

Total distance approx 13 miles Total climb 2800ft Total time 5 hours

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