one hike a week circa 2010
We accessed this tucked away high point by using the same initial approach for Mount Hardy.
Pup and I arrived at the Phelps Creek Trailhead late Friday to a lot full of trucks now that the hunting season had begun.
Entiat River Road had been gated at mile 32 the last couple of years due to wildfires
Two things I did differently on this trip and both had both worked out quite well.
Picket traverse = Mount Challenger + Phantom Peak + Crooked Thumb Peak
Five years had passed since we first visited Sawtooth Slam peaks. The mixed use Crater Creek Trail was especially popular among biking enthusiasts.
Compared with its west fork counterpart, East Fork Buttermilk Trail (#420) felt much like a walk in the park.
West Fork Buttermilk Creek Valley was the first area in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness we had visited
Coincidentally, the late afternoon start time was the same as our first trip six years ago when pups and I climbed Gardner Mountains.
Five miles in from the Cedar Creek Trailhead, we crossed a good size stream at 4,500′.
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