Flying Fish Peak

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In remembrance of Flying Fish.

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Julie and I both needed some mountain head space. So after a lazy start and a quick stop at 2 Sisters, we were off. From our house, it takes about an hour to get to Lick Creek summit. This is the parking area right by the yurts.

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There really is a trail to Cly Lakes, but for the first few hundred feet of gain, I couldn't find it this morning. <sigh> Trailhead

But we eventually did find it, following it to the saddle where we got this zoomed-in view of our peak.

Click to see the summit block sticking out from behind a tree.

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We walked out the ridge for a ways, then traversed some small talus. Trailhead

After the talus, we got to hike through some autumnal huckleberry bushes. Gorgeous.

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The map showed a couple highpoints on a ridge. As we headed out the ridge, we first attempted a lower summit. As I was trying to get up the gumption to try the summit block, we noticed something else.

From that vantage point, we could see that we needed to continue traversing the ridge to access this higher point.

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We scrambled up to the ridge, then found an easy go-around so we didn't have to walk the exposed knife edge. Still some exposure though, so we were very careful in the notoriously loose, licheny rock of the Lick Creek range (Is "licheny" a word?).

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Another summit block needed bouldering, but after some exploring we found that this one really only required one move.

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By standing tall and holding the camera above my head, I was able to snap Julie on the summit with some background scenery.

 

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There were some nice views. This one is looking easterly down the classic U-shaped glacial valley of Lick Creek, with Hum Ridge on the left.

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In fact, this peak has a unique view due to its position at the head of Lick Creek. Here it is in the foreground from the summit of Foolshen Peak. Sometimes unassuming, but at the same time impossible to overlook.

 

 

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And here's a view from Lick Creek Road.

 

RIP, Tom.

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