Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sorcery Mt. 10.30.07

Feeling like I stole a day of summer weather I was very pleased to make my way along the Middle Fork Road. I have never seen it in such good shape. I guess with all the saved money by closing the gate at Dingford has resulted in more funding for the remainder of the MFR. I set off for a return try of Sorcery Mt. I had tried with out any luck in two previous attempts. I made great time to my jump off point of the Dingford Creek Trail. I left via the fisherman's trail to Horseshoe Lake. The trail has a few more blowdowns than I remember but is easy to follow and makes quick work of the elevation gain needed to get to the lake. I left the trail at 3800ft and headed up. I was able to zigzag my way missing most of the brush and the multitude of rock outcroppings. I crested Sorcery's West Ridge at around 5000ft just leaving a few hundred feet to the summit. The views were worth much more than the effort to reach them. I snapped some quick pictures and I remembered reading a trip report involving a false summit. I was not all together suprised that upon further inspection I wasn't on the true summit. It was of little bother as I quickly made it official ( Sorcery Mt #80 H/C 100). On the descent I stayed on the West Ridge dropping straight to Horseshoe Lake without any problems. I picked my way around the lake to rejoin the trail for the quick descent to the car.

Approx 8 miles 3800ft and 5.5 hours car to car

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