Easter Peak by Lennox Mountain via West Fork Miller River / 復活節峯

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Easter Peak by Lennox Mountain overlooks West Fork Miller River. At the same time, it shares a joining ridge with the neighboring Cleveland Mountain. Plus, the peak’s shorter stature makes it a great place to see the taller places in the nearby valleys.

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

The snow quality on Easter Peak was bad, if not worse, than our trip to Noble Knob two days ago. It was another late start for us. Just as we were leaving, a party of two came in and went skiing on Lennox Mountain for the day.

There was only a bit of snow on the way to the big gully. Then at the bottom of the east ridge at mile .6, we left the path and went up steep hills. Along the way, we went through lots of thickets and bypassed outcrops. I later put on microspikes for traction.

A late start
A late start

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The East Ridge

More snow showed up at 3000′ at the first clearing. Then we went around the snowy boulders from the left to be in the trees with less snow. Later I switched to snowshoes at 3400′.

Soon, we had our first look at the reported outcrops that overlooked the snowfield at 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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Through the Outcrops

I looked at the snow and knew that the ridge traverse wasn’t feasible. The snow only covered part of the outcrops. Instead, we traversed sideways and hugged the ridge on the north slopes. It was another 400′ of postholing, cussing, and sweating!

At 4400′, we went back on the crest so I could check out snow conditions there. With more snow, we were able to go over the outcrops more easily. Nothing like fresh powder plus 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 Easter Peak’s northeast ridge. Then at 100′ below the top was a 10′ tall outcrop with krummholz poking out at the bottom. I was able to prop myself up using the tree, but that didn’t work for the pups.

Instead, we bypassed the outcrop from the left, and I kicked steps up the icy slopes. So all three of us could go on top of the outcrops safely. From there, it was an easy walk-up to the top.

One last push
One last push

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Easter Peak Summit Views Plus Outro

It was a gorgeous day with peak views everywhere! Plus, Lennox Mountain was just a stone’s throw away. It took us seven hours to come here. But it would have been great to plow through the snow with at least one other person.

We spent a long time on top savoring the views, and left the peak two hours before sunset. But of course, it took us just three hours to go back to the gate.

Lennox Mountain from Easter Peak
Lennox Mountain from Easter Peak

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