South Bessemer by Moolock Mountain / 靠穆拉克山的南貝瑟默

South Bessemer is the sub-peak of Bessemer Mountain in Middle Fork Snoqualmie. The peak doesn’t require technical skills, and it’s usually accessible in wintertime. So it makes an attractive snowshoe destination.

South Bessemer in full view
South Bessemer in full view

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South Bessemer at a Glance

Access: Bessemer Road
Round Trip: 13.5 miles
Elevation Range: 920′-5028′
Gear: microspikes, snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

The Preface

We first hiked the road on the way to Moolock Mountain. I thought I never had to walk the long roadway again. But two years later, we tried going up to South Bessemer using the same way.

The pups and I didn’t make it to the top on that trip. Instead, we turned around at the 2900′ switchback. But not after spending way too much time powering through powder.

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Back to South Bessemer

So, fast forward to today, four years later. It was time to end this chapter and cross the peak off the back burner at last. The higher snow level also meant an efficient start lower down.

Our second time on Bessemer Road put a bad taste in my mouth. It’s not that interesting of a walk until we went out into the open. But at least we got in some exercise back then.

Off we go
Off we go

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On the Road Again

I parked in the Oxbow Trailhead next to another car under the gaze of Russian Butte. Then we walked up to the gated Bessemer Road. Soon, we found ourselves walking the unexciting roadway.

One mile in at 1300′, the path overlapped the CCC Road. Then it went east for half a mile. Later at the first bend, the road split off and then continued uphill.

Continuing
Continuing

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Promising Weather on South Bessemer

Oddly, despite yesterday’s mostly sunny forecast, we had zero views in persistent clouds. Yet today’s mostly cloudy outlook with rain in the afternoon became increasingly promising.

We had occasional views through the trees. Otherwise, we were in the forest in the lower parts of the road. Later views slowly expanded at the 2900′ switchback with snow patches.

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Onward to the Saddle

I used microspikes for traction. Then at the 3200′ road fork, we turned right and continued on Bessemer Road in packed snow. Along the way, we spotted a pair of fresh snowshoe tracks.

The recent tracks had packed down the snow. So I didn’t need to break trail. Then I waited to put on snowshoes at the 4000′ saddle. We were now five and a half miles from the car.

Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains
Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains

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The Final Stretch

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.

Slowly, walking became lethargic because of the boredom. But meanwhile, views had improved. So without distraction, I started counting my steps. But I was glad not to have to make a trail at all.

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Bessemer Summit Plus Views

The wind started at a couple of hundred feet below the top. Thankfully, we were able to take cover behind the trees. So the gusts wouldn’t blast us relentlessly.

We enjoyed phenomenal views during our visit. I could even see Mount Baker to the distant north. Plus, the snow-capped Olympic Mountains sat behind Seattle to the west.

Snoqualmie Pass madness
Snoqualmie Pass madness

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Outro

The afternoon sunshine added vibrant colors in the nearby valleys. On the way back before the 3200′ road fork, we caught up to a party of two. They had come off of Moolock Mountain earlier.

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