Mission Ridge: Mission Fulfilled / 使命脊: 實現使命

We slept in this morning. So we got a late start on the day. I didn’t plan on going out today. But then the glorious sunshine lured me again. I looked for a new hike that didn’t require snow gear. Then I realized we could go to Mission Ridge.

Mission Ridge up ahead
Mission Ridge up ahead

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Mission Ridge at a Glance

Access: East Fork Mission Creek Road
Round Trip: 10 miles
Elevation Range: 2120′-4963′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

East Fork Mission Creek Road

Mission Ridge was going to be our last Saturday’s plan. But that was before I found out about the final week of skiing at the ski resort. But then I also realized that the resort route would have taken us longer. So glad I saw Dan Lauren‘s report. We ended up taking the shorter path through the City of Cashmere.

We drove up to the parking area. Then a few dirt bikers came out of the gated road. They soon disappeared after going another route. At first, I thought we had to walk on the roadway. But we ended up taking the dirt road next to it. The area looked like the bikers’ stomping ground judging from the tread marks.

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Road Washout by the Creek Crossing

The sun was blasting when we started hiking. But thanks to the tall trees, we were in the shade most of the time. Soon, we crossed the first creek on small branches. Then another group of bikers came up after us. Before long, we met the same people by the big washout at the second water crossing.

One biker nearly flipped his bike over. He attempted to ride through the creek. So he decided to turn around. But not before his partners help to get his bike upright. Later, the pup and I walked past the washout on a side trail. Then we crossed the water on down logs farther up the creek.

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Mission Ridge Summit via North Slopes

We crossed the third creek at the two-mile mark. Then we left the road on the other side. Soon, we scrambled up steep slopes through down trees. The terrain flattened past 3000′. But there were more windfalls. We followed a small ridge up to Point 4234. Then we dropped down to the western saddle.

From the down tree-infested saddle, we went up toward Point 4508. There we got on the Mission Ridge Trail and walked south. The path bypassed two knobs from the east. Then it stayed the crest past 4600′. The final 300′ of hiking was on gentle terrain. Shortly, we left the trail at 4800′ and made it up to the top.

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Mission Ridge Summit Plus Views

We arrived at a summit with trees on the north. So not much to see in that direction. The only decent view we had was the long-running ridge with Mission Peak to the south. I later saw Mount Lillian behind Point 5621 on the way down.

To the west were also views of Teanaway and the Stuart Range. But I needed to use the zoom lenses to get a better look at the peaks. This summit was also too low to see the City of Wenatchee. But I did get a glimpse of Badger Mountain farther north.

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Outro

We had an unexciting exit. Soon after we went back down to the saddle, most views had disappeared. But we found a better way to go down the minor ridge. So we could bypass the down trees we went through earlier. The two-mile road walk back to the car was nice and quiet.

So long
So long

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