2018/2/10 – The Pulpit / 講道壇

Inconspicuous summit ahead
Inconspicuous summit ahead

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Hallelujer, go and preach it on the mountain! After three consecutive weekends of dodging the incessant rain in Eastern Washington due to incessant rainfall, we finally got our first sunny outing and a new high point. We recently checked out this obscure high point from across the valley on South Bessemer.

Nearly six years since I last set foot on Rainy Lake Trail to climb Preacher Mountain. Trail was bare until snow patches appeared at 2,000′, then we lost the trail to more snow and down trees at 2,400′. Pup and I then scrambled in the direction of Rainy Lake, with Rainy Creek within earshot on hikers left. No views to be had in this old growth forest.

Mount Garfield through trees
Mount Garfield through trees

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Full snow coverage around 2,800′, I put on snowshoes at 3,000′ where terrain tapered off a bit. Following the southwest-trending tributary of Rainy Creek, we slowly climbed our way up steep slopes and eventually attained the south ridge of Point 4400 at 4,100′. Despite the sunny weather, we couldn’t quite see the sun or feel the heat until after getting onto the ridge.

Zero views on the woodsy Point 4400, we left seconds later and headed west toward The Pulpit now just quarter of a mile away. Along the connecting ridge we were able to bypass a couple of outcrops from the south side.

West view
West view

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Summit was narrow and not too well-defined. Compared with its next-door neighbor Preacher Mountain abound with sweeping vistas, The Pulpit was lacking the spectacular views for situating at a great vantage point. In fact, summit sported a small opening, merely wide enough to get glimpses of nearby mountains in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley.

Massive clouds moved in and out of the area and obstructed our views during our stay. I spent some time fighting through thick growth to get some decent photos. No sign of Preacher Mountain, but got a good peek at Moolock MountainSouth Bessemer, and Bessemer Mountain through tree branches.

Preacher Mountain in the PM
Preacher Mountain in the PM

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Access: Middle Fork Trailhead
Gear: none

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Snuffy says:

    We had a view of Pulpit from the lesser Stegosaurus (Choir Boy) on the 19th and fortunately had clearing for Garfield, as well, I hope to get posted soon. We need more strings of sunny days, I’m tired of the rain!

    1. John says:

      Nice. March weather is off to a good start, and spring is just around the corner, woot!

    2. Snuffy says:

      I’m SO ready for more sun!

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