Lobox Mountain by Hibox Mountain via Rachel Lake Trail / 洛巴克斯山

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Lobox Mountain shares the extensive Box Ridge with the notable Hibox Mountain. It rises above Box Canyon to the south and is accessible via Rachel Lake Trail as well. The two mountains are close together to climb in one trip.

Leaving Lobox Mountain
Leaving Lobox Mountain

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Lobox Mountain at a Glance

Access: Rachel Lake Trailhead
Round Trip: 4.2 miles
Elevation Range: 2760′-6032′
Gear: helmet, rope
Route Info: Brett Dyson
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: no

Rachel Lake Trail

It’s been eight years since I last set foot on Rachel Lake Trail. Back then, the pups and I did a do-over of Hibox Mountain. But today, I came back to visit its shorter neighbor, Lobox Mountain, less than a mile away.

I pulled into a packed lot and started walking soon afterward. The decent trail in the old forest took me through the first switchback. Then I reached the small stream at mile .3 and dove into the trees.

Rachel Lake Trailhead
Rachel Lake Trailhead

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En Route to Box Ridge

Judging by the slope angle on the map, going directly north should be pretty straightforward. That was, indeed, the case as well. The open forest also allowed me to bypass the vine maple from time to time.

Later at 4000′, I reached the boulder field below the impressive headwall of Box Ridge. Then I went up through the rocks over the mild terrain to 4600′ and turned northwest.

Below Box Ridge
Below Box Ridge

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Lobox Mountain South Gully

I had planned to go up to Lobox Mountain’s west saddle at 5200′. Then I would go east and make my way up through the rocky ridgeline. But that was until I came up to the bottom of the steep gully at 4800′.

I didn’t have any information on this route. But I thought I’d try it out and see how far up I could go before I turned around. Even though it looked steep on the map, the path looked doable in person.

Lobox Mountain south gully
Lobox Mountain south gully

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The Final Stretch on Lobox Mountain

The gully turned out to be exposed class 3. Lower down was a dropoff, which I bypassed from the west over the buttress. Choss gradually turned into heather at the top of the route.

I almost went up on the south ridge at one point. But I was glad I didn’t because it was a broken ridgeline. From the top of the gully, I moved to the east of the crest and walked up to the tower.

The final bit on Lobox Mountain
The final bit on Lobox Mountain

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The Summit Tower Crux

Brett‘s report mentioned the low class 5 crux below the top. So I brought a rope in case I needed to rappel off the summit. Then I looked around the tower, and it was vertical on all sides, as he had described.

The only decent spot to go up was via the diagonal line across the south side. The feature was about 20 feet tall, unprotectable with crappy holds. It was awkward to climb it in the boots. But it worked.

Summit tower
Summit tower

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Lobox Mountain Summit Views

Not sure if I ever saw Lobox Mountain from the west. But the view of Hibox Mountain from here was quite impressive. Then there were Three Queens, Kachess Ridge high points, and Rampart Ridge as well.

The clouds to the north had shifted just before I left. So I was able to see most of Chimney Rock, Lemah Mountain, and Chikamin Peak. Then Huckleberry Mountain loomed in the distant west.

Western-to-northern panoramic view
Western-to-northern panoramic view

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Outro

The grassy area in the south gully happened to be the steepest part of the route. So it made down climbing a little tricky as it was pretty slick. Though, soon, I retraced my steps down to the rock field.

I stopped several times to see Kachess Lake. Too bad I only saw a sliver of it from the top. Later on the trail, I met two ladies on their way back from Rachel Lake. Together, we chatted our way back to the parking lot.

Finding my way home
Finding my way home

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