Sasse Mountain on Sasse Ridge in Teanaway via Salmon La Sac / 薩斯山

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Sasse Mountain on Sasse Ridge is near Jolly Mountain and Hex Mountain in Teanaway. Salmon La Sac gives the quickest way to the mountain during the snowpack season. Despite a treed summit, hikers can often find views over the long ridge’s saddles.

On north ridge
Sasse Mountain north ridge

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Sasse Mountain at a Glance

Access: NF-128
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 2300′-5730′
Gear: snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Salmon La Sac

After a short hike in the Puget Sound area, we returned to the Cascades. Sasse Mountain has been on the list for some time, but I’ve put it off because of the treed summit. But all nearby peaks boast near to panoramic views.

It was our first time here since last fall when we visited the three peaks of French Cabin Mountain. I also drove here in early December but turned around because of the bad weather. Instead, we opted for better weather on Horse Lake Mountain.

No signs of Sasse Mountain high point
No signs of Sasse Mountain high point

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En Route to Road 128

I couldn’t drive on Road 128 because of snow berms and parked north of Howson Creek off the main road. Soon, we scrambled east uphill over the light brush and down trees. Then from 2840′, we cut up to the next hairpin turn at 3000′.

I put on snowshoes at 3100′. To reduce the road walk, we hiked north past the 3400′ hairpin turn. Then we took the spur north at the fork and went uphill before the road’s end. Shortly after, we came out by the 3900′ turn and cut up to the 4440′ road bend.

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

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Sasse Mountain North Ridge

When Road 128 ended at 4600′, we continued on Little Salmon La Sac Trail (#1325). Then at 5000′, we went east over the creek up to the north saddle at 5500′. Soon, we walked up the ridge to the timbered summit in a bluebird afternoon.

Stuart Range sat behind Jolly Mountain. Then to the northwest were Chimney Rock, Mount Daniel, and Moun Hinman through the trees. But I couldn’t get a decent photo of the neighboring Not So Sasse Peak or Howson Peak.

Hex Mountain
Hex Mountain

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Outro

We enjoyed an extended visit and then followed our tracks down the mountain. Afterward, we plunge-stepped through the soft snow without gaiters. So it was damp socks and boots back at the car.

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