Mount Rolo via Slate Pass / 經石板山道上羅洛山

Mount Rolo within reach
Mount Rolo within reach

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The Lowdown on Mount Rolo

Access: Buckskin Ridge Trailhead at Slate Pass
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 5200
-8096′
Gear: 
helmet

GPS Track: available

Starting out from Slate Pass

This trip was a nice change of pace from last week’s outing. Lucky for us, Forest Service had just lifted access restrictions to the Middle Fork Pasayten River Valley a few days ago. Even so, many roads and trails east of the valley remained inaccessible in response to summer wildfire activities.

Pup and I car camped just past Harts Pass late Friday night. Next morning we drove up to Buckskin Ridge Trailhead at Slate Pass and started hiking by 8 AM. From the pass, I immediately noticed the thin layer of new snow on Mount Rolo. It was most likely from this past week’s snowfall.

Ferguson Lake
Ferguson Lake

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En Route to Mount Rolo via South Ridge

By the time we crossed Middle Fork Pasayten River at the valley floor, we had lost 1700′ of elevation. So I already wasn’t looking forward to gaining it all back on the way out. We overshot Ferguson Lake Trail junction by a few hundred yards. But glad I realized the mistake and backtracked to find the trail. We took a break by Ferguson Lake before moving on.

Soon, we ascended northeastward to reach the 7800′ saddle just north of Point 7985. Then from there, we got our first spectacular look at the Lago Slam and Monumental Slam. But the other highest summits of Washington in the area were not yet in full view.

More high points to negotiate
More high points to negotiate

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South Ridge Traverse to Mount Rolo

Due to the few inches of new snow, the high traverse ended up not being as enjoyable. We traveled the ridge while staying on or west of the crest. Along the way, we bypassed a few high points before finally getting to the base of Mount Rolo.

Final scramble to the top was on chossy, albeit firm, rock ledges. From this vantage point, I got a clear view of several highest summits of Washington along Eureka Creek Valley. Visibly more snow on those taller mountains than their shorter neighbors like this one.

Pasayten River Valley north view
Pasayten River Valley north view

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Clouds stayed just high enough to provide decent views to the south. To the north, views of Canadian peaks went far beyond the Middle Fork Pasayten River Valley.

On the descent, we followed our route and quickly made it back down to Ferguson Lake. The tent we saw earlier was still around. Then just past the lake, we ran into the owner of the tent out scouting for deer. He and I briefly chatted about his hunting trip and the weather before going our separate ways.

Eureka Creek lineup
Eureka Creek lineup

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We made it back down to Middle Fork Trail, and then slowly gained back every inch of the 1700′ elevation. Soon, we got back up to Slate Pass just after dark.

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