2013/2/24 – Cairn Hill + Old Pass Hill / 堆石山丘+老山道山丘

Kodak moment on Old Pass Hill
Kodak moment on Old Pass Hill

Photos from this trip can be found here.

My second trip to the Blewett Pass area this season. This was pups’ and my backup plan when we snowshoed up to Tronsen Ridge in January.

The area didn’t appear to have gotten much snow this season. Barely any snow on the south slopes until I nearly got atop Cairn Hill summit. Snowshoes were needed on the north side, as I immediately started to posthole the minute I stepped off the summit. The north side never saw the light of day.

After getting on the road, it was another mile before making a rising ascent to Old Pass Hill. I lucked out with snowshoe tracks left earlier in the day, even though they ended just before I started to head uphill, darn! I plowed the rest of the way to the top in loose snow; pretty straightforward if staying on the ridge crest.

I didn’t see anyone else around, just the occasional songbirds that kept me company.

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