Collar Mountain by Kendall Katwalk / 靠肯多狹道的卡勒山

The pup and I made good use of another gorgeous day by visiting Collar Mountain. It’s right next to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) past Kendall Katwalk. I tried climbing the mountain two springs ago. But I ended up turning around before the snow arête.

Collar Mountain in full view
Collar Mountain in full view

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Access: Pacific Crest Trailhead
Round Trip: 12.2 miles
Elevation Range: 3000′-5851′
Gear: microspikes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Pacific Crest Trail to the Katwalk

Full snow started above 5000′ past the talus on Kendall Peak‘s southwest slopes. But the path was well-beaten. So it would be useful until the next snowfall over Thanksgiving weekend. Soon, I put on microspikes at 5200’ by the first switchback. This section of the trail had been in the shade. So it was quite icy. And it was slippery up to the Katwalk.

Soon, our goal came into view when we got up to the Katwalk. The mountain was just another mile away. So it was very close. I had packed snowshoes for this trip. But with the number of recent boot tracks on the PCT, I didn’t need to use them.

Silver Creek drainage
Silver Creek drainage

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Collar Mountain Summit Plus Views

We hiked for another .75 mile on packed snow. Then the pup and I left the trail at the hairpin just before Ridge Lake. From there, we traveled westbound on steep slopes toward the summit. Snow conditions off the path were surprisingly good. So I continued to carry the snowshoes on my pack.

It sure was windy on top. This summit was woodsy, and with trees along the crest. Otherwise, views were generally decent by only dropping a few feet in all directions. But the least obstructed, and the most scenic landscape was on the north side. I could see from Mount Price to Mount Thomson, and over to Four Brothers.

Panoramic view on Collar Mountain
Panoramic view on Collar Mountain

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Outro

Soon, we made it back to the Katwalk. There we met a cute eight-month-old Siberian Husky puppy. He was much larger than my full-grown Labrador Retriever. Then down in the forest, we met a father-and-daughter duo. They were going to camp in the Commonwealth Basin.

Thanks for another gorgeous day
Thanks for another gorgeous day

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