Poe Mountain on Poet Ridge / 詩人脊上的坡山

This weekend, we were back in the mountains after a trip out east. Poe Mountain was the second mountain on the Wenatchee (Poet) Ridge the pups and I have visited. The first was Mount David from seven years ago.

Poe Mountain with summit dogs
Poe Mountain with summit dogs

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Poe Mountain at a Glance

Access: Irving Pass Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 4200′-6015′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Irving Pass Trail

I had initially planned on coming here in the summer. So I could traverse Poet Ridge at a faster pace and go up several high points in one trip. But the weather and other commitments kept me out of this area the entire season. So that was until now.

One car was at the trailhead when we came. Later, we saw the owner of the vehicle on Irving Pass. He was cleaning up the game meat by the pass when we hiked past him. Then he said he tried going up Poe Mountain earlier. But turned around because of the snow.

Out of the woods
Out of the woods

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Poe Moutain Southeast Ridge

Great! I thought there still wasn’t enough snow yet. So I left the snowshoes at home. Then we bid our farewell and continued on the ridge. We were able to follow the trail for a while. But we lost it to the snow at 5200′. We postholed through the ridgeline.

Later, we went up to the south side of Point 6000. So from 5800′, we went in the direction of the trail around the west. Meanwhile, we dug through more snow. From the north of the point, we dropped down to the saddle. Then we made the final stretch up to the summit.

Poe Mountain southeast ridge
Poe Mountain southeast ridge

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Poe Mountain Summit

OMG! The views were amazing! I was even able to see all of the mountains on the Poet Ridge. Labyrinth Mountain dominated the southern skyline. And it looked much more impressive from the north.

It took forever to come up here because of the fresh powder. But I have just decided that the mountains looked a whole lot prettier in snow. So now I wasn’t so sure if I want to come back when it’s barren.

Wenatchee (Poet) Ridge lineup
Wenatchee (Poet) Ridge lineup

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Outro

The summit was a bit windy. So we spent most of our time on the west slopes. After an extended break, we then went back down the mountain.

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