2018/11/18 – Collar Mountain / 卡勒山

Objective in sight
Objective in sight

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Access: Pacific Crest Trailhead
Round Trip: 12.2 miles
Elevation Range: 3000′-5851′
Gear: microspikes; snowshoes and ice axe packed but not used

Pup and I took advantage of another day of gorgeous weekend weather by visiting this new destination past Kendall Katwalk off the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I tried climbing this mountain two springs a go and ended up turning around by the snow arête on the Katwalk.

Playing peek-a-boo with Guye Peak
Playing peek-a-boo with Guye Peak

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Full snow coverage above 5,000′ past the talus field on Kendall Peak‘s southwest slopes. The trail had been well beaten until the next snowfall, perhaps over Thanksgiving weekend. I put on microspikes by the first switchback at 5,200′; lots of ice throughout this shady section of trail all the way to the Katwalk.

Icy
Icy

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Our objective quickly came into view on the Katwalk. The mountain was merely another mile away, very close. I had packed snowshoes for this section, but with the amount of recent foot traffic on the PCT, snowshoes remained on my pack.

Silver Creek drainage
Silver Creek drainage

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Another three quarters of a mile of hiking on nicely packed snow, pup and I left the trail at the hairpin before Ridge Lake and headed westbound toward the summit on steep slopes. Great snow conditions off the beaten path and I continued to carry snowshoes on my pack.

Looking back
Looking back

Photos from this trip can be found here.

A woodsy and windy summit with trees lined up along the ridge crest. Otherwise good views could be had by simply dropping a few feet in all directions. The least obstructed and best views were those to the north, from Mount Price to Mount Thomson and clear to Four Brothers.

From Mount Price to Four Brothers
From Mount Price to Four Brothers

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Back at the Katwalk, we met a cute eight-month-old Siberian Husky puppy larger than my full grown Labrador. Back in the forest, I stopped and chatted with a father-and-daughter duo en route to camp in the Commonwealth Basin.

Thanks for another gorgeous day
Thanks for another gorgeous day

Photos from this trip can be found here.

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