Fourmile Ridge by Devils Backbone / 靠魔鬼的脊骨的四哩脊

It’s the first day of summer! I had wanted to go up to Fourmile Ridge on our trip three years ago. But back then, the rocky ridgeline farther west looked sketchy under the late spring snow. So here we were, three years later.

One last look at Fourmile Ridge
One last look at Fourmile Ridge

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Fourmile Ridge at a Glance

Access: NF-5501
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 5440′-7128′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Route Info: David Carmody
Dog-Friendly: yes

Road 5501

I couldn’t find information on the starting point. But I did see one seven-year-old report on peakbagger.com. The fact that David drove up to 5000′ was a good sign. Another hiker was also up there less than a month ago.

The Forest Service site had outdated road conditions. But my primary concern on the 12-mile stretch was the potential down trees. So the worst was that we would need to turn around. Though, lucky for us, the roadway was in great shape.

Trailscape
Trailscape

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Fourmile Ridge Southeast Ridge

I was able to drive to the road’s end at 5400′. It was a long way in, and so I didn’t expect to see anyone. But to my surprise, a family was camping there. The man even asked if I needed space for the night. So he could move his RV to make room for us. No, but thank you!

Just above the road was a trail. The path looked great for being in the middle of nowhere. So we followed the trail up the southwest ridge until it faded by an old radio tower. Then we continued and later joined the Fourmile Ridge Trail at 6600′.

The old radio facility
The old radio facility

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Fourmile Ridge Summit

We hiked the next 200′ on the trail with the view of Tyee Ridge behind us. Then it was just another 200′ of light scrambling to reach Fourmile Ridge’s high point from the saddle. Grass patches and granite rocks made up the flat summit.

Clouds had moved in earlier when we were still on the trail. So by the time we made it up to the top, it was cloudy. Our only views were down in the nearby basins. So we left right after taking our photos.

The road below Fourmile Ridge
The road below Fourmile Ridge

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Outro

Instead of going back the way we came, we went down the west ridge. The map showed the Fourmile Ridge Trail going over the western saddle. So I thought we would join the path there. The ridgeline was okay to traverse despite being rocky.

By the time we got down to the trail, the clouds had lifted a bit. But the views still weren’t great. From the saddle, we took the path back to the southwest ridge. Then it was a quick drop down the ridge and back to the car.

Southern panoramic view
Southern panoramic view

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  1. Vivian Hauer

    That is such a good name for it.

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