Robinson Mountain in Pasayten Wilderness / 帕塞頓荒野裏的羅賓遜山

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Robinson Mountain brought us out to the Pasayten Wilderness this summer. It was our first time here. So everything was new and thrilling.

Summit dogs on Robinson Mountain
Summit dogs on Robinson Mountain

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Robinson Mountain at a Glance

Access: Robinson Creek Trail
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 2560′-8726′
Gear: helmet

GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

North Cascades Highway

It was super exciting to explore someplace unknown. Plus, the drive over Washington Pass was simply beyond words. I also saw the breathtaking Liberty Bell Mountain for the first time.

The farthest east on the highway I’ve been was to Rainy Pass. It was on our trip to Black Peak last October. If I remembered correctly, we had a late start. So we didn’t start hiking until 10 AM.

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Robinson Creek Trail

The hike to Beauty Creek Trail was very scenic. But it seemed to have taken forever because of many photo stops. We met a couple of hikers who went up the valley for the day.

Beauty Creek Trail was steep. But the switchbacks had significantly offset the elevation gain. Then at one point, we stopped by the waterfall for water.

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A Missing Pup Fiasco

Somehow, the black Lab didn’t follow us up the trail after getting a drink. But instead, he had decided to go back down the path. I knew he would’ve become anxious very quickly.

Twenty minutes had passed before I blew the whistle. Later we walked down the trail with the yellow lab leading. Then it was another 10 minutes before the black pup showed up and panted profusely. Big whew!

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6800′ Lake Basin

It took a bit of scrambling to reach the basin with a tiny lake. But going from there up to the southeast ridge took a bit of an effort. Without snow, there was a ton of scree on those slopes.

The pups did great by themselves. But I, on the other hand, took one step forward and two steps back. But the higher I went, the more I focused on the scenery. So the less I griped about this part.

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Robinson Mountain Southeast Ridge

We took a snow break on the ridge. Then we spent a long time traversing the ridgeline. At one point, I became overly joyous when I saw the false peak. But of course, I mistook it for the real summit!

My GPS showed Robinson Mountain another half a mile away, grr. Glad we were on class 3 terrain. Right below the top was one small gully. It was a bit tricky for the pups. But they made it!

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Robinson Mountain Summit

It was the dogs’ first big trip. So the climb tired them out, and they ate their food while half asleep. There was so much to see here. Notable high points included Devils Peak, Big Methow Needle, and Monument Peak.

I very much enjoyed the arid and snow-free terrain. Not sure how much daylight we still had when we left the summit. But glad we went back down to Robinson Creek right after sunset.

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Outro

At night, I saw a pair of eyes ahead on the trail. So it freaked me out since, at first, I couldn’t tell what it was. But I quickly knew that it’s only a curious deer. The dogs were a great company to have!

This trip took us half a day. So it was a 12-hour exhausting endeavor. But the views were worth the amount of sweat and effort. Then the four-hour drive back to Seattle soon followed. Oh, joy!

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