Photos from this trip can be found here.
Poe Mountain was only the second mountain around Poet Ridge pups and I visited, first being Mount David from seven years ago. I had originally planned on making my way here during summer so I could traverse the ridge at a faster pace and get several summits in one trip. But weather and other pre-planned trips kept me out of this area the entire season, until now.
One car parked by the trailhead when we arrived. Later we bumped into owner of the vehicle, a hunter who was cleaning up game meat on Irving Pass’s north slopes when we hiked above him. He mentioned he had tried getting up Poe Mountain earlier but turned around because of amount of snow. Great, just when I decided there still wasn’t enough snow just yet and left snowshoes at home.
Oh well, continuing onto Poe’s southeast ridge. Summer trail was good for a while, but eventually lost it around 5,200′. We were able to stay on the ridge crest and postholed until we came to south side of Point 6000 at 5,800′. We followed direction of summer trail, side-stepped and postholed some more around the west to north side of Point 6000. From there we only lost about 50′ of elevation before final scramble up to Poe’s summit.
OMG, views were aaamazing! I was even able to see all the mountains on the Poet Ridge. Labyrinth Mountain south of us totally dominated the skyline and looked much more dramatic from the north. It seemed to take forever to get up here since we more or less started postholing as soon as trail disappeared. Mountains around us look much prettier capped in snow for sure, hmm…and now I wasn’t so sure if I’d come back during dry summer months!
Summit was a bit windy, so we spent most of our stay on west slopes just below the top. We took a really long break before heading back down the mountain.