2016/6/12 – Spring Mountain / 春山

Spring Mountain summit ahead
Spring Mountain summit ahead

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Last time I was in the area, friend and I climbed Breccia Peak east of here. Road 49 was muddy, initially with lots of potholes but not a big concern. Three cars at the trailhead when we arrived in late morning. Lost Creek Ridge Trail was free of snow, and it didn’t take long to reach Bingley Gap where we took a break.

From the gap, pup and I turned left and followed what seemed to be a game trail up the steep east ridge. Mostly class 3 or exposed class 3 depending on section of the ridge. For the most part we were able to stay on the ridge crest until we bypassed the first group of outcrops from the north.

Second group of outcrops forced us into a steep, narrow gully with wet moss-covered slabs. I was able to use a group of small trees to belay and squeeze myself back onto the ridge. The exposure and wet slabs didn’t seem to faze the pup, however.

Once again we traversed on the ridge crest and got through three small talus fields separated by trees. Snow appeared past the last talus field, 200′ below where the ridge tapered. Glad I packed my ice axe for the steep snow.

We bypassed the south ridge crest just below the summit block and made our way to the base where all of a sudden became completely snow free. With a short scramble and we finally got atop the mountain.

Main attractions–Mount Pugh, Breccia Peak, Glacier Peak, Bedal Peak, and Sloan Peak–were all still in clouds. I was glad that it never rained despite the grim weather forecast. We waited an hour and a for clouds to dissipate to but that never happened.

Getting back down to the gap didn’t take very long, even bypassing the outcrops going down was much easier than the other way around.

Access: Lost Creek Ridge Trailhead
Gear: helmet 

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