Easter Peak by Cleveland Mountain / 靠克里夫蘭山的復活節峯

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The snow conditions on Easter Peak were equally poor. If not worse than our trip up to Noble Knob two days ago. So the Cascade cement saga continued.

Easter Peak summit up ahead
Easter Peak summit up ahead

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Easter Peak at a Glance

Access: West Fork Miller River Road
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 1280′-5326′
Gear: helmet, snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

West Fork Miller River

We got a late start this morning. Then a party of two pulled up to the gate off West Fork Miller River Road. They went up to ski on Lennox Mountain for the day. Only a few snow patches on the way to the big gully.

Soon, we reached the bottom of the east ridge at mile .6. Then we left the road and climbed up the steep slopes. But we needed to fight the brush and outcrops along the way. I used microspikes for traction.

A late start
A late start

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Plowing Through Snow

More snow appeared at 3000′ by the first clearing. Then we went around the snow-covered boulders from the left. So we could stay in the trees on less snow. Later at 3400′, I switched to snowshoes.

Soon, we had our first look at the reported outcrops. They towered over the snowfield by the second clearing. Then we moved through the next 600′ up to 4000′ very slowly.

The first clearing
The first clearing

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Going Through the Outcrops

I studied the snow, and then it became clear that ridge traverse wasn’t feasible. The snow only covered the outcrops partly. So instead, we dropped onto the northern slopes. From there, we sidestepped close to the ridge. It was another 400′ of postholing, cussing, and sweating!

Later at 4400′, we went back onto the crest. Then I checked out snow conditions there. By then, there was more snow. So we were able to move across the outcrops more easily. Nothing like snowshoeing in fresh powder and Cascade concrete!

Easter Peak east ridge
Easter Peak east ridge

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Easter Peak Northeast Ridge

We made decent time up to the northeast ridge of Easter Peak. Then at 5250′, 100′ below the top was a 10′ tall outcrop. There was also a big tree poking out from the bottom. I could prop myself up using the tree. But that wouldn’t have worked for the pups.

So I went around the left of the rocks. Them I kicked steps up through the icy slopes. That way, all three of us could go on top of the outcrops safely. From there, the rest of the way up to the top was an easy walk-up.

One last push
One last push

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Easter Peak Summit Plus Outro

It was a gorgeous day! All the peaks were visible. Plus, Lennox Mountain was just a stone’s throw away. It took us seven hours to get up here. But it would have been great to take turns breaking trail with at least one other person.

We stayed on top for a good while. Then we left the mountain two hours before sunset. But, it only took us three hours to go back to the car.

Lennox Mountain from Easter Peak
Lennox Mountain from Easter Peak

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