Crosby Mountain by Bing Peak / 靠賓峯的克羅斯比山

We attempted to go up Crosby Mountain last year. But then we turned around when the new snow made it hard to go forward. So we resorted to Bing Peak on the way back. It was great to stay closer to home after a three-day trip to the Chelan Mountains.

The Crosby Mountain Show
The Crosby Mountain Show

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Crosby Mountain at a Glance

Access: Money Creek Road (NF-6420)
Round Trip: 10 miles
Elevation Range: 1240′-5520′
Gear: helmet, microspikes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: no

Crosby Mountain

We had a late snow arrival this year. So I knew we would have a better chance at making the long ridge traverse. Then hopefully, we could also get to the top and then hike out before dark.

I parked at the same spot off Money Creek Road at 3.5 miles from Highway 2. Then we used the same route and the game trails. Later, we made our way up the steep south slopes. At the same time, we also stayed to the right of a small stream.

Good morning
Good morning

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Crosby Mountain East Ridge

At 3200′, we crossed an open talus gully. The view of Lennox Mountain was just across the valley. Then for the next one 1000′ in the forest, we climbed up the north-northwest trending rib. Later, we made it up to the 4160′ saddle west of Bing Peak. I put on microspikes there for traction on the duff.

We had gone through the first part of the ridge last year. So we were able to move through several meadows to Point 4494. Halfway over the top, we dropped into the gorge. Then we went around the south side before going back up on the ridge.

A preview before Crosby Mountain
A preview before Crosby Mountain

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Onward to the Lakes

Just on the other side of the outcrop, we came up to a path. It also looked too defined to be an animal trail. So we followed it through the forest. Then it took a nosedive by the cliffs at 4200′. After going through two steep switchbacks, we were down in a big field. There was a group of ponds here.

We went around the ponds from the south. Then we fought our way through dense brush to go down to Cement Lake at 4080′. From the west shore, we began the tedious 800′ climb through a large talus field. We also zigzagged our way up through cliffs, gullies, and gorges.

A pond below Crosby Mountain
A pond below Crosby Mountain

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Southeast Saddle

Despite the smooth contour lines on the map, the terrain was anything but even. We made many stops to figure out ways around minor cruxes. But the closer we were to Boner Lake, the more granite rocks. Then we saw the serene lake nestled in a basin full of beautiful granite slabs.

Later, from the north shore, we walked over to the west end of the lake. Then we followed a broad granite rock gully up to the south ridge between two knobs. Then from west of the ridgeline, we move up to the southeast saddle between the summit and Point 5290.

Boner Lake at last
Boner Lake at last

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The Final Stretch

Later, we crossed the ridge crest to 5400′ before the steep south face. Then at the base of the summit block, I located a ramp among cliffs and dense shrubs. So we went around to the west side for more route-finding fun.

A hidden heather gully on the west put us one step closer. But it ended just below the summit rocks. So I searched for gaps between the dense shrubs and the cliffs. Then I found some big rocks and propped ourselves up to finish the last bit of climb.

Crosby Mountain's steep south face
Crosby Mountain’s steep south face

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Crosby Mountain Summit Plus Outro

This vantage point was perfect for getting the views of both Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Wild Sky Wilderness! The summit felt much taller than the neighbors we had climbed. There were the nearby Palmer Mountain, Cleveland Mountain, Philadelphia Mountain, and Melted Mountain.

We enjoyed an hour of the warm and windless summit. Later, we returned to the lakes. Then we went back to the west saddle of Bing Peak at dusk. Soon, we downclimbed the hard-earned 2500′ on the steep south slopes. Then we crossed the talus gully and got to the car just after dark.

North panoramic view
North panoramic view

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