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Two Peaks Above 11,600 Feet

Postby Vaca Russ » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:38 pm

I knew we needed to climb Wheeler and Patterson, but all of the reports I read were about starting at or near Lobdell Lake. This requires a hike of over 16 miles with about 4000 feet of elevation gain. Now distance and elevation gain don’t really bother us. Hell, we bag peaks for fun! :D But we aren’t crazy! If there is an easier way to skin a cat, just ask Calipidder!

Sport found a report she wrote about her and David climbing these two peaks last summer. They climbed them the smart way…6.6 miles with about 1000 feet of elevation.

When she showed me Rebecca’s report I was like WOO HOO! Most of the climb from the east side is done with a four wheel drive.

We took Forest Service Roads and spent the night in Star City. The Aspens are just starting to turn.

1 Star City Aspens.JPG


The next morning we were met by a big buck that nearly walked through our campsite.

2 Buck.JPG


We climbed up over a mile on a very rocky 4 X 4 bench road up to Belfort. There are a few mining era cabins still remaining at Belfort.

3 Cabin.JPG


4 Belfort Cabin.JPG


5 Cabin.JPG


We continued driving up past the dry lake and across the plateau at 10,640 feet. We could have continued driving from this point but at some point driving to the peak becomes “cheating”. :nod:
We parked the truck at the south end of this plateau and hiked west up the ridge.

6 Plateau @ 10640.JPG


This is a shot from the top of the ridgeline looking back down at her Honda Ridgeline parked on the plateau below. :)

7 Ridgeline From the Ridgeline.JPG


We met back up with the road and headed off toward Wheeler Peak.

8 Nice Road.JPG


There are signs reminding the Vroom Vrooms to stay on the designated roads.

9 Moon Sign.JPG


We approached the summit of Wheeler.

10 Peak.JPG


To be continued…
” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway



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Re: Two Peaks Above 11,600 Feet

Postby Vaca Russ » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:44 pm

This is a shot of her on the summit of Wheeler Peak. That is Mount Patterson to her right.

11 Sport Wheeler Peak.JPG


Once again there was no register to be found. :( We did however find two empty tobacco tins.

12 Price Albert.JPG


Then we headed back down to the road to continue on toward Patterson.

13 Hike to Saddle.JPG


The landscape at this elevation is somewhat moonlike.

13.5 Hike to Patterson.JPG


Except that I’m not so sure there is so much snow and ice on the moon.

14 More Road.JPG


The snow got deeper as we approached Patterson.

15 Snow.JPG


16 Sport Snow.JPG


This is a picture of her on the summit of Mount Patterson. That is South Sister just above her sign.

17 Sport Patterson Summit.JPG


We could find no register on the summit of this peak as well. :( We then headed back to the truck along the long high elevation road.

18 Long Road Back.JPG


We did snap this picture of the Sawtooth Ridge.

19 Sawtooths.JPG


Thanks for reading our report and a big thanks to Calipidder and David for sharing their adventure!

-Russ
” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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