Humility Hill by Blag Mountain in Derby Canyon via Peshastin / 謙虛山丘

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Humility Hill by Blag Mountain sits above Derby Canyon in South Entiat Mountains. To the south lies the small community of Peshastin by Highway 2. Then to the west spans the vast Icicle Ridge above the City of Leavenworth.

Humility Hill summit up ahead
Humility Hill summit up ahead

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Humility Hill at a Glance

Access: Derby Canyon Road
Round trip: 5.1 miles
Elevation Range: 1960′-4358′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

The Preface

After scoping out Philadelphia Mountain from the valley, the cloudy weather brought us to Humility Hill. The road was still under slush a month ago, and we went to Chopper Peak by Wenatchee instead.

The rise in temperatures in the last month made a huge difference. So by now, the road was completely free of snow. I later parked at the bottom of the southwest ridge, half a mile before the NF-7403 fork.

Hills are alive
Hills are alive

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Humility Hill Southwest Ridge

The initial 500′ of the scramble was steep. Once we went past that part, we were on the crest with a moderate incline. During this, we crossed NF-7403 three times. The last crossing was at 3400′.

We could’ve followed the roadway below west of the crest and continued. But that would’ve added more distance to the trip. But scrambling was more enjoyable than walking the road.

Ridgeview to The Enchantments
Ridgeview to The Enchantments

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Humility Hill Summit

The terrain flattened from 3600′ to 4000′, then the final 400′ to the top steepened slightly. It was a breezy summit but mostly sunny. Clouds mainly stayed atop Icicle Ridge, The Enchantments, and the western skyline.

As clouds in the northwest later faded, Fortress Mountain, Chiwawa Mountain, and Buck Mountain came out at once. So we stayed longer to enjoy the scenery, including the view of Blag Mountain next door.

Cashmere Mountain
Cashmere Mountain

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Outro

On the way out, we dropped onto the north ridge. Then we moved counterclockwise and later joined NF-7403 at the 2950′ bend. We followed the road down to the top of the steep 500′.

I haven’t seen so many balsamroots as I did on this trip. But they were virtually everywhere on the hills. They sure were the main attraction of the day!

Leaving Humility Hill
Leaving Humility Hill

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