2018/6/9 – Bearjack Ridge (E+W Peaks) / 大熊傑克脊 (東峯+西峯)

Next stop, East Peak
Next stop, East Peak

Photos from this trip can be found here.

A perfect outing for folks who seek a good workout than great views. While views weren’t nearly as grandiose as those on the neighboring higher points to the north like Navaho and Earl, lots solitude was to be had. I parked at the junction of Road 9738 and a spur road straight south of the West Peak summit.

Couple of reports I read mentioned ascending the northeast-trending rib from the road. Since I had planned on a loop ridge traverse, it made more sense to approach West Peak from the west to avoid traversing its southeast ridge twice. So instead, pup and I scrambled up the south-trending rib immediately west of the aforementioned ridge.

Colchuck and Dragontail Peaks
Colchuck and Dragontail Peaks

Photos from this trip can be found here.

At 3,600′ the rib took a turn due north-northwest, which we followed until we reached the southwest ridge at 4,300′. From the ridge it was a straightforward eastbound traverse to reach the West Peak summit. The woodsy summit barely had any views. I could just see Earl, Colchuck, and Dragontail Peaks through small openings. Summit register placed by Faye Pullen.

We left the summit after a short stay and continued east toward our next objective–East Peak. Ridge traverse offered better views to the south, brief open views on Point 4464 before entering back into the woods. Our only glimpse of East Peak was on Point 4542. By staying on or south of the ridge crest, we were able to negotiate most brush.

Earl Peak
Earl Peak

Photos from this trip can be found here.

The increasingly brushy southwest ridge from 4,600′ to the top forced us onto west slopes to finish the final scramble. Views on the East Peak mainly comprised rolling hills east of Highway 97. Sticking my head out by the east clearing allowed me to get a peek at Iron Bear and Joker. Without looking closely between tree branches, views to the north were virtually nonexistent. No summit register on this peak.

We exited via southeast ridge to the saddle, then followed the southwest rib all the way down to the road. One and a half miles of road walk back to the car.

Eastern panoramic view
Eastern panoramic view

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Access: NF-9738
Gear: none


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