2018/1/15 – South Bessemer / 南貝瑟默

Objective in sight
Objective in sight

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Ever since our trip to Moolock Mountain in 2012, I had dreaded to ever set foot on the seemingly never-ending Bessemer Road. Two years later, in an attempt to climb South Bessemer, pups and I turned around at the 2,900′ switchback after spending much time powering through poor snow conditions.

Fast forward to today and four more years later, it was time to finally put the matter to rest and cross the mountain off the back burner. I also wanted to take advantage of the higher snow level for a faster approach.

Off we go
Off we go

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Under the daunting gaze of Russian Butte, I parked in the Oxbow Trailhead lot south side of Middle Fork Road next to another car. Pup and I walked to the gated Bessemer Road and began the long and uneventful hike. One mile into the hike at 1,300′, the road overlapped with CCC Road for half a mile due east before separating and continuing uphill at the first road bend.

Oddly enough, yesterday despite the mostly sunny weather forecast, we had zero views on Little Kachess Peak amid stubborn clouds. Yet today’s mostly cloudy forecast with possible rain in the afternoon became progressively sunny as the day went on.

Continuing
Continuing

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Occasional views through trees, otherwise the hike in lower portions of the road was in forest the entire time. Views began to open up at the 2,900′ switchback with patches of snow, and I put on microspikes for traction. At the 3,200′ road junction, we made a right and continued on Bessemer Road in full snow. Along the way we spotted a pair of fresh snowshoe tracks.

Recent foot traffic had already packed down the snow, so I waited to put on snowshoes at the 4,000′ saddle–five and a half miles in from the car. The tracks took a left at the saddle, presumably headed up to Moolock Mountain. Pup and I made a right and followed some day-old tracks to continue our quest for views.

Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains
Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Gradually the walking became lethargic due to boredom, but at the same time the views were getting better. With no one to distract me with conversations, I started counting my steps–left, right, left, right. I was glad not to have to break trail at all.

Wind started to pick up couple hundred feet below the summit. Thankfully, we were able to take refuge behind summit trees to keep from getting blasted by the wind gusts during our one-hour stay. Views were phenomenal, I could even see Mount Baker to the distant north and the Olympic Mountains west of the Puget Sound behind the City of Seattle.

Snoqualmie Pass madness
Snoqualmie Pass madness

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Afternoon sunshine added more vibrant colors to the Snoqualmie River Valley and its tributaries. On the way back before the 3,200′ road junction, we caught up to the party of two that had just come off of Moolock Mountain.

Access: Bessemer Road
Gear: microspikes, snowshoes

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Eric says:

    Thanks for the great trip report and pics! Want to do this hike soon!

    1. John says:

      Thanks Eric, hope you enjoy the trip.

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