Mac Han Peak, Blacktip Mountain, and Lower Blacktip

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I venture north of my old friend Blacktip Mountain, then loop back.

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When I climbed Bruin Mountain years ago, I spotted Mac Han Peak (without knowing its name), on the left. Looks cool.

So after driving for 1:15 from the house, I was parked at Fisher Creek Saddle and ready to give it a go. I could either go down the trail and bushwhack up, or go up over the north ridge of Blacktip and bushwhack down. I liked the idea of better views from the ridge, so chose the latter.

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So rolling off Fisher Creek Saddle at 8:30am, it was 57°. Surprisingly warm, because it was upper 40s at the house. But at least it wasn't smoky (yet). There's Mac Han on the left.

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It's a 4 or 500' gain to get to the ridge top, then back down to the saddle. Here's a fresh view of the peak and the saddle below from the ridge top.

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From the saddle, you can see that the downfall isn't too bad. Trailhead

Working the brush and dead trees.

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Looking south back at the ridge from just below the summit. Fisher Creek Saddle in on the right, Blacktip Mountain and Blacktip on the left.

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Summit.

That's Bruin Mountain behind me.

 

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I had considered continuing out the ridge another couple of miles to the peak above French Creek lakes (shown here), but this was not the day. Trailhead

Instead, it was time to head south to Blacktip.

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It was a fun ridge cruise up to Blacktip. Here's the summit view. I had been here before, but hadn't visited Lower Blacktip, there in the near distance.

Note the smoke creeping north into the valley. That really smoky spot on the right would be about McCall.

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This is Blacktip, which we climbed in 2012.

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This is looking down the gorgeous Cougar Creek, with Blacktip on the left.

I could hear sheep down there somewhere, but couldn't see them.

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Lower Blacktip is a huge, flat summit. I strolled over to the giant cairn, but it didn't seem like the high spot.

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I checked my altimeter, and then waddled across the blocky top to what we see here as the far side. After scramling up a couple boulders, I found the other (north) end is 10 feet higher.

Three summits. No trail. Tired legs. Then it was simply a matter of following the braided sheep trails back to my truck.

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