Keystone Point by Spencer Peak / 靠斯賓塞峯的拱心石點

I wanted to catch the weekend sunshine. So we looked for a new place out east. The initial plan was Blag Mountain. But we couldn’t go past the snow on Derby Canyon Road. Then we drove another 40 minutes to Keystone Point.

Keystone Point looming in the background
Keystone Point looming in the background

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Keystone Point at a Glance

Access: Highway 97 pullout
Round trip: 8.5 miles
Elevation Range: 760′-3895′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Northeast Ridge

Later, I pulled off to the side of US-97 ALT. It was also just 1.25 miles south of the Entiat River junction. Then we started going up the trail on the steep slopes. It was windy down in the parking area. But the constant wind grew more intense the higher we went.

Soon, we went up to the saddle between Point 1975 and Point 2502. Then the trail flattened a bit before the “Ut Sit Optimum” signpost. It looked like a marker for the viewpoint. From there, a less defined path then continued through to Point 2982 above Moody Canyon.

One-tree hill
One-tree hill

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Keystone Point Summit

We followed the mild ridgeline past Point 2982. Then on the other side, we dropped slightly to the east saddle of Keystone Point. There was still snow on the northern slopes. But we avoided it by continuing on the rocky crest. Soon, we made the final push up to the top. A radio tower and some solar panels adorned this summit.

Views into the Entiat River Valley were excellent. Then there was Spencer Peak just south of here. The City of Entiat and Orondo along Columbia River were right beneath our feet and paws. Flowers haven’t bloomed. But I imagine that balsamroots would be out in a week or two.

Stormy Mountain and Baldy Mountain
Stormy Mountain and Baldy Mountain

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