Palmer Mountain by Crosby Mountain / 靠克羅斯比山的帕瑪山

Palmer Mountain doesn’t see many visitors, and I could see why. Once we left the road, it was everyone for themselves. There were massive down trees, brush, slide alder, you name it. So it wasn’t as enjoyable as our trip a few days ago. But the views were excellent!

Palmer Mountain summit through trees
Palmer Mountain summit through trees

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Palmer Mountain at a Glance

Access: Lowe Creek Road
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 800′-5043′
Gear: snowshoes, microspikes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

Road Walk from the Gate

At 1.3 miles in from Highway 2, we came up to the gate on Lowe Creek Road. From there, it was another 1.5 miles of walking to Lowe Creek. The bridge there had been out for quite some time. So the pups and I went 100 feet downstream.

We found a log to cross the water. Then in another .1 mile past the creek, we left the road went cross-country. The part from the roadway up to the quarry felt like the crux of the trip. There was a large number of down trees to bypass.

The other side of Lowe Creek bridge washout
The other side of Lowe Creek bridge washout

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The 2600′ Quarry

There was lots of brush throughout the forest. Then there were even more down trees between 1800′ and 2400′. While moving uphill, we crossed an old logging road several times. It was now under the new growth. So it was hardly recognizable.

Later, we came upon a dilapidated cabin two hundred feet before the quarry. It was a bigger pit than I expected. So we bypassed the quarry on the right. Then we went up the steep ridge where I found a faint trail. So we followed it up to a flat area at 3800′. But soon, the trail disappeared into the snow.

No reservation necessary
No reservation necessary

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Palmer Mountain East Ridge

As terrain steepened, I put on microspikes at 3900′ for traction. Later, I switched to snowshoes at 4150′ on softer snow. From there, we stayed just below the ridgeline. Then we made our way up to the saddle between Point 4800 and the summit.

There were dry rocks ahead. So I stashed the snowshoes and poles above the snow at 100′ below the top. Then we carefully went up the east ridge using solid holds. Later, we weaved our way through big boulders and loose rocks up to the summit.

Palmer Mountain summit above
Palmer Mountain summit above

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Palmer Mountain Summit

The summit was somewhat flat with cornices on the north side. So we avoided that area altogether. Views were excellent on this summit. Hard to believe I hadn’t seen the mountain before since I had driven past it several times.

Crosby Mountain was the main attraction. It dominated the southern skyline. Then there was also Index Peak and Philadelphia Mountain to the west. Baring Mountain, Townsend Mountain, Grotto, Gunn Peak were northeast of here. Then Cleveland Mountain and others were to the east.

Crosby Mountain
Crosby Mountain

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Outro

After staying an hour on top, we scrambled back down to the snow. Then we continued down the mountain and out the way we came.

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