Spring Mountain by Mount Pugh / 靠普山的春山

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Spring Mountain rises above the forks of the Sauk River. It also sits at the bend from Mount Pugh to Lost Creek Ridge. At the mountain’s western foothills lies the old trading post of Bedal.

Spring Mountain's summit up ahead

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Spring Mountain at a Glance

Access: Lost Creek Ridge Trailhead
Round Trip: 7.5 miles
Elevation Range: 1850′-5770′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

Lost Creek Ridge Trail

Road 49 off Mountain Loop Highway was muddy at first. Lots of potholes strewed the roadway, but they didn’t pose any concern. The pup and I reached the trailhead to three parked cars in the late morning.

The last time I was here, Dave and I climbed Breccia Peak on the Lost Creek Ridge. But this time, the Lost Creek Ridge Trail was free of snow. So it didn’t take long to reach Bingley Gap, where we rested briefly.

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East Ridge Traverse

From the gap, the pup and I turned left onto the steep east ridge. Then we followed what looked like an animal trail. It was class 3 to exposed class 3, depending on where we were on the ridgeline.

But for the most part, we were able to stay on the crest. Later we needed to bypass the first group of outcrops from the north. There the cliffs adorned the southern terrain.

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The Rocky Terrain on Spring Mountain

Soon, the second set of outcrops stopped us in our tracks. In turn, it forced us down into a steep, narrow gully on the north side. Going through the wet, mossy slabs was a bit arduous.

But I was able to belay using several small trees. At the same time, I squeezed myself through them to go back on the ridge. Though, the exposure didn’t seem to faze the pup.

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The Final Stretch

Later we went through three small talus fields separated by trees. Past the last rock field was the snow line. Glad I had my ice ax for the 200′ of steep snow before the terrain flattened.

Below the top, we bypassed the rocky crest from the east. Then we made our way back on the ridge where it suddenly became snow-free. A short scramble soon put us on the summit.

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Spring Mountain Summit

This summit was at a perfect spot to view the dramatic landscape. The main features were Mount Pugh, Breccia Peak, Glacier Peak, Bedal Peak, and Sloan Peak. But the top was still in the clouds.

Despite the grim forecast, I was happy that it never rained. We waited an hour and a half for the mist to move away. But it never happened.

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Outro

Going back to the gap took no time at all. Bypassing the cruxes was much less time-consuming going down.

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