Fall Creek Peak

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A solo adventure to check out the snow conditions in the high country.

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My original plan was to head for Lake Thirtythree. But the road was clogged with snow on the straights above the Snowslide trailhead. So instead, I headed back down to the Fall Creek trailhead.

When I got there, I grabbed my pack and was locking my truck when I heard my name called; is was Leslie and Joe. A few pleasantries, and I was on my way up the trail.

About here, I left the trail to follow a bare ridge.

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I threaded the downfall and buckbrush and quickly moved up. Below, the trail was buried in snow.

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Off to the south, I see the rock overlooking Crystal Lake.

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As I got near the ridge, I ran into fuller snow coverage.

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The ridge top gave me a view. Not too much farther, now.

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Whoops. What's that rock tower going to offer up?

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I did a little easy 4th class up the tower, only to see another tower. When I got up the second one, I took some pictures and sat down for lunch. It was a gorgeous day, and I was really soaking in the view, looking around in all directions. That's when I realized there was yet a higher point. DOH!

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So I packed it all up again, crawled down off THAT highpoint, and did some very steep snow to finally get to the true summit. Trailhead

Since I had already had lunch, I didn't stay long on top. I cruised down to Fall Creek Saddle and started down what might be the trail.

The snow was supportive, but melty, wet, and slippery. I could hear water running underneath and there were exposed boulders.

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I wasn't the only one in the valley.

Note: I don't have Donald Trump hands!

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In the meadow where the Crystal Lake trail leaves the Fall Creek trail, it was a disaster. After the winds of last winter, a large percentage of the old burn trees had fallen. All sizes, stacked on one another.

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