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

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

A party of two pulled up to the West Fork Miller River Road gate as we got ready. They went up to ski on Lennox Mountain for the day. Only a few patches on the way to the big gully.

Soon, we reached the bottom of the east ridge at .6 mile. Then we left and road and climbed up the steep slopes. We needed to fight through the brush and outcrops along the way.

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 continue to stay in trees with less snow. Later, I switched from microspikes to snowshoes at 3400′.

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′ gain up to 4000′ slowly and painfully.

The first clearing
The first clearing

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Going Through the Outcrops

I checked out conditions at 4000′. Then it became clear that ridge traverse wasn’t possible. The snow only partially covered the outcrops. So we dropped onto the northern slopes. From there, we then sidestepped and stayed close to the ridge. It was another 400′ of postholing, cussing, and sweat!

At 4400′, we moved back onto the crest. Then I checked out the conditions. By then, there was more snow. So we were able to move through 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 going up to the northeast ridge of Easter Peak. Then at 5250′, just 100′ below the summit was a 10′ tall outcrop. There was also a big tree sticking out at the bottom. Even if I could prop myself up using the tree, the pups wouldn’t know what to do.

Then I went around the left of the rocks and made steps up through the icy slopes. That way, we could all get on top of the outcrops safely. From there, the rest of the way up to the top was just an easy walk-up.

One last push
One last push

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Easter Peak Summit Plus Outro

It was another gorgeous day! All the peaks were visible, and Lennox Mountain was just a stone’s throw away. It took us seven hours from to get here from the car. So it would have been great to share the grunt work of trail breaking with others.

We stayed on the summit for a while. Then we left the mountain two hours before sunset. But it took us less than half of the time to go back to the car!

Lennox Mountain from Easter Peak
Lennox Mountain from Easter Peak

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