2018/12/1 – Dickerman Mountain V / 迪克曼山之五

Summit in the mist
Summit in the mist

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Access: Dickerman/Perry Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: 8 miles
Elevation Range: 1880′-5723′
Gear: microspikes and snowshoes; ice axe packed but not used

Pups and I last visited this mountain five years ago with better views and trail visibility. Road conditions around Mountain Loop Highway on the forest service site were last updated on 11/20, juuuuuust a tad outdated. But thanks to a two-day-old trip report on WTA, highway was still open clear to the trailhead.

Some of Big Four Mountain
Some of Big Four Mountain

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My indecisiveness on a location this morning led to a super late start at half past 8. Pup and I caught up to two groups above the 3200′ snow line, and we briefly chatted before moving on. Two guys farther ahead were breaking trail in yesterday’s fresh snow as we speak. So far the weather had been cloudy with minimal views across the valley.

At last
At last

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At 4000′, I put on microspikes for traction in slippery snow. The part of the trail through the 4200′ gully/stream crossing was nicely packed, no issues like in the past in a heavier snow season. Shortly after, we met one of the two guys who turned around due to a foot issue. Coming out into the semi-open forest on the exposed trail with shallow running water didn’t pose any concern.

Out in the open
Out in the open

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Up until now, the fresh snow hadn’t been terribly deep, and I was very grateful to be able to take advantage of the tracks left by the only other guy now up ahead. Snow eventually deepened and became more powdery in the open terrain, mostly in the upper meadow. I finally put on snowshoes at 5200′.

Looking promising
Looking promising

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Here we stopped briefly and chatted with the guy who had left us all those nice tracks as he was coming back down. Then pup and I made the final 500′ push to the summit while cutting switchbacks through the old, snow-buried track left from two days ago. 

Final push
Final push

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As luck would have it, shortly after we arrived on the summit, a bit of temperature inversion occurred to let out the tip of nearby high points–Sloan Peak, Del Campo Peak, Big Four Mountain, Hall Peak, Twin Peaks, etc. Farther out, Three Fingers, Whitehorse Mountain, and Mount Baker made a brief cameo before everything was shrouded by clouds 10 minutes later.

Del Campo Peak
Del Campo Peak

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On the way down, we passed a dozen or so groups who helped pack down the trail even more as they headed up. The trail would be nicely packed until the next snowfall. It began to flurry back in the forest, but glad the rain never materialized! We wouldn’t normally run into many people in the mountains, so pup took the opportunity to soak up every bit of the attention from other hikers.

Thanks for another rain free day
Thanks for another rain free day

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Snuffy says:

    A wee bit of a popular one! We thought about doing this one Friday but with no views in the forecast we opted for a lake. Looks like you lucked out for a brief bit. 🙂

    1. John Porter says:

      Super popular, hence the five-year gap between my latest visits. You would’ve done us the honor of breaking trail had you gone.

  2. Very nice post and beautiful photos! Well done and thanks for sharing.

    1. John Porter says:

      Appreciate the feedback, and thanks for visiting all the way from Greece!

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