Lyman Hill Wasn’t Alive with Music / 萊曼山丘無天籟之聲

Lyman Hill was a simple hike. But I somehow got ourselves into a pickle. The route was entirely on service roads. So it meant that we shouldn’t need to scramble. No. But we did find some relief from last week‘s snow.

Road walk to Lyman Hill
Road walk to Lyman Hill

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Lyman Hill at a Glance

Access: Hathaway Road
Round Trip: 14.6 miles
Elevation Range: 440′-4280′
Gear: microspikes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

The Road Walk

My Saturday morning errand put us on the road later than I anticipated. So the pup and I didn’t get to the gate until almost noon. But this was an easy hike with seven miles of road walk each way. So it would take us no more than two and a half hours to go to the top. We had some views lower down.

I read through several reports. It looked like we would be on the main road the whole time. Then the path would take us up to the communication towers. So before the trip, I made a note of the area at 3400′. Someone had mentioned it being a problem for them.

West view
West view

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In Search of Lyman Hill

We found snow at 3400′. Then it looked like the tracks had turned around here. But that turned out not to be the problem for us. But instead, it was back at 2900′ road bend. From there, the main roadway continued north. But in another 500′ up the path, there was a hidden trail to the right.

So that meant we would have needed to take it to stay on the main route. But since the spur road angled south, it wasn’t apparent to the eyes. So I had missed it altogether. To add more confusion, the tons of spur roads here weren’t even on the map.

Yesterday's glory
Yesterday’s glory

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The “Extra” Road Walk

So we missed the turnoff and continued through to 3200′. But when we came up to the massive logging debris, I knew we had wandered off the standard route. Funny, it should have been a hike that didn’t involve any scrambling. But we ended up doing just that!

Later at 3400′, we came up to an old road. It was “unmaintained,” as the map indicated. So I doubted that anyone had set foot here since the most recent logging activity. We continued down the road for half a mile. Then it became increasingly brushy and rutted in several sections. But we bypassed them through dense growth.

The logging debris
The logging debris

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The Final Stretch

Judging by my GPS, we were now walking parallel to the main road 300′ higher. The mountain didn’t seem to have much snow when I looked up from the car. But now I wish I had brought snowshoes! I put on microspikes for the icy section. But as we gained elevation, the fresh powder started to become annoying.

The standard route would have reached the radio towers from the south. But the service road we took ended on the north ridge. Then we walked half a mile to reach the top. The extra road walk and the fresh snow cost us one extra hour and one more mile. So we got up on the cloudy summit at 45 minutes before sunset. Eek!

The final stretch on Lyman Hill
The final stretch on Lyman Hill

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Lyman Hill Summit

The sky had become cloudier earlier in the day. So we wouldn’t have had any views had we arrived an hour sooner. The temperature reading on my GPS was 30 degrees. But even with the light breeze, it didn’t feel as cold. I attempted to record a video of myself talking. But it was funny watching myself speak with my upper lip half frozen.

We left Lyman Hill summit at sunset. But I wanted to find out where we had missed the turnoff earlier. So we first went down the south ridge to 4000′. Then we cut down through the forest and went west before the junction. Down at 3600′, we joined what looked like the main roadway. It barely had any snow!

No views on Lyman Hill today
No views on Lyman Hill today

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Outro

We continued on the road for another 1.5 miles. Then we went through a short section of the forest. When we came out of the trees, I could see where we had missed the turn. Oh well! But on the bright side, we both got an extra mile of conditioning!

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