2018/4/25 – Sasse Mountain / 薩斯山

On north ridge
On north ridge

Photos from this trip can be found here.

This one has been on the back burner list for quite some some, put it off due to lack of views on yet another woodsy summit. Other surrounding high points pups and I had been on–Hex Mountain, Jolly Mountain, Howson Peak, and Not So Sasse Peak–all boasted near panoramic to panoramic views.

First trip in Salmon La Sac since last fall, climbing the three peaks of French Cabin Mountain. We were here in December, but turned around on Salmon La Sac Road and opted for much more promising weather on Horse Lake Mountain. Today’s late morning start meant having to deal with slush later in the day. It also didn’t help when I’d forgotten to bring gaiters.

More slush
More slush

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Snow berm by the unplowed Road 128 prevented us from driving up the road to shorten the approach. I parked just north of Howson Creek on the west side of the road and began the scramble. Heading directly east through light brush and some down trees, we made it to the first hairpin turn at 2,800′. Before the next hairpin turn we cut up to 3,000′.

Snowshoes were needed starting at 3,100′. To minimize the amount of road walk, we hiked past 3,400′ hairpin turn a short distance, and then took the spur road heading north at the next junction. Just before reaching the road’s end, we scrambled up the slopes and came out onto the next hairpin turn at 3,900′.

Hex Mountain
Hex Mountain

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Continuing on and scrambling up west slopes to the next road bend at 4,400′. Following Road 128 to its end at the head of Little Salmon La Sac Creek Basin at 4,800′, we then traveled in the direction of Trail #1325 after passing the trail signage. At 5,000′ we gradually traversed east toward the north saddle of the mountain at 5,500′. Mostly sunny turned bluebird weather in the afternoon.

Stuart Range were visible from behind Jolly Mountain. To the northwest, Chimney Rock, Big Chief, Bears Breast, Mount Daniel, and Moun Hinman were visible through trees. Unfortunately, only half of Mount Rainier was visible among tree branches. I couldn’t get a decent photo of Not So Sasse Peak just west of the connecting ridge.

Little Salmon La Sac Creek Basin panoramic view
Little Salmon La Sac Creek Basin panoramic view

Photos from this trip can be found here.

We enjoyed a long stay before following our tracks down the mountain. Plunge stepping through afternoon slush without gaitors left me with soaking wet socks and boots that required nearly a week to air dry.

Access: Road 128 > Little Salmon La Sac Trail (#1325)
Gear: snowshoes

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