Buck Mountain via Buck Creek / 經巴克溪上巴克山

Buck Mountain was one of the gorgeous mountains we have climbed this year. After a solo trip out to Buckner Mountain, the pup and I then went to check out this mountain.

The gorgeous Buck Mountain
The gorgeous Buck Mountain

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Buck Mountain at a Glance

Access: Trinity Trailhead 
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 2800′-8528′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

Buck Creek Trail

The yellow pup and I arrived in the mosquito-infested Trinity in the late afternoon. Then we started hiking soon after. I had also been on this trail on the way to climbing the Fortress Slam. But this time, we continued on the Buck Creek Trail.

We were in the shade for the first part of the trail. So it wasn’t as warm. But the minute we stepped out into the clearing, we started to feel the heat. Back in the trees, we met two friendly forest rangers as they did maintenance work. They let me take a photo of them before we went on our merry way.

The gorgeous Buck Mountain
The gorgeous Buck Mountain

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Going up to Camp

At 4000′, we left the trail and crossed Buck Creek on a log. The goal was to go to the base of Mount Cleator’s timbered east ridge first. Then we would begin the brushy part of the climb. I managed to find the trail at 5800′. It was in a meadow with a blue tarp. Then from there, we contoured the broad basin to the bottom of Mount Berge’s east ridge.

It took me some time to find the ramp that would take us through the buttress. But we first went up too high. Then we followed the faint trail around the headwall to the bottom of a large talus field. Later, we spent some time hopping through rocks. Then we made it up to the upper basin at 6800′. Daylight began to dwindle just as we found a decent camp spot.

Our campsite on the ridge
Our campsite on the ridge

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Buck Mountain Climb

The next morning, we moved east from camp toward Buck Mountain. But the summit wasn’t visible until we went up to the flat area at 8000′. The broad snowfield to the south of the west ridge soon appeared. I didn’t bring snow gear for the trip. But we had no problem through this section.

From the east end of the snowfield, we then moved onto the rocks. The transition was smooth since there were no moats. Then we began to climb up to the middle summit. A small cairn marked this cozy summit. So there was just enough room for the two of us.

Buck Mountain in another 300'
Buck Mountain in another 300′

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Summit Views Plus Outro

We enjoyed an extended stay on top. I read through entries from the summit register while the pup took a nap. Then we followed our route back down to the campsite. Later, we took a power nap in the shade. Then we packed up and went back down to Buck Creek Trail.

The afternoon hike out to the car went by in the blink of an eye. The pup and I had good conversations about our lives ahead.

Fortress Slam
Fortress Slam

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