Razorback Mountain by Hidden Lake Lookout via Marblemount / 剃刀背山

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Razorback Mountain by Hidden Lake Lookout is a stone’s throw away from the higher neighbors. But one could easily miss it with the plethora of peaks in the area if not looking closely. What the mountain lacks in height, it delivers in dramatic views.

Razorback Mountain up ahead
Razorback Mountain up ahead

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Razorback Mountain at a Glance

Access: Cascade Road @ mile 2
Round Trip: 10 miles
Elevation Range: 500′-6110′
Gear: helmet, ice ax, snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

The Preface on Razorback Mountain

Whew! The dogs would not have liked this scramble. So many places along the ridge could use more snow to climb smoothly. Otherwise, it would’ve been a more enjoyable traverse for them.

It took a while to go up to the top from Point 5733. Plus, a few places with great exposure required me to belay using branches. So I wasn’t sure how the pups would’ve handled it. But glad they stayed home.

Razorback Mountain up ahead
Northwest ridge from the road

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Northwest Ridge Traverse

All in all, it took lots of sweat and many breaks to reach Point 5733 in deep powder. But it would’ve been a relaxing two-person work, at least! It was continuous rolling terrain and lots of elevation gain and loss from there.

The summit block was steep and icy. I made sure to take my time to avoid any mishaps. But thanks goodness for the massive krummholz for belaying me up through places with great exposure.

The fun starts now
The fun starts now

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Razorback Mountain Summit Views Plus Exit

What a beautiful day it was! The stunning views made up for all the cussings it took to come up here. The notable peaks included Snowking Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Teebone Ridge.

Going down the ridge went by much faster with plunge-stepping. In the end, it took less than half the time to reach the roadway. Then it was only another mile of walking the road.

Teebone Ridge to the north
Teebone Ridge to the north

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