Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Keechelus Ridge

I only had a short day to devote to climbing this week hence a short approach and easy access. Keechelus Ridge Pt. 5151 is the high point of the Keechelus ridge and ranks a lowly 88 on Home Court 100. One can nearly drive to the summit later in the year but today I had to park at 3100ft because of snow. I was happy I could at least drive this far. I wasn't sure of the snow conditions, I thought I might have to park at the Sno-Park. This saved about 2.5 miles of mindless road walking. I left the road at around 4000ft and just picked the path of least resistance to the summit. I tried to stay mainly in second growth forest the tree canopy provided more stable snow than the more open recently logged areas. This summit doesn't afford much of the way in views but because of it's inclusion in the Home Court 100 makes it a worthwhile trip. The weather was steady sun and somewhat warm. It certainly the most spring like day in a while. Less than 4 hours from car to car with around 2000ft of climb.

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