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A new place to ski?

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I had heard there was good backcountry skiing off Big Creek Summit, the high point between Cascade and Warm Lake. It's pretty high and not too far from my house. Time to investigate!

I got rolling a bit late after watching Milan SanRemo. But the trailhead was only an hour away.

Trailhead

I was also hoping to tag two peaks overlooking the head of Six-bit Creek. I had been in the area before, and knew it to be spectacular. Six-bit Creek is just behind that ridge, and one of those bumps is my first peak for today.

Trailhead

I parked at the summit. Another car already parked appeared to belong to skiers. And someone on a couple snow motorcycles had been tearing it up in the last few days.

Approach
The map shows a trail heading up a ridge line to my first peak. I roughly followed that trail, it it exists under all that snow. Approach

When I got to the ridgetop, I could see Gold Fork Rock lookout in the distance.

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Once on the ridge, you follow a series of crests. After doing a couple of those, I finally spotted the summit. That's it, dead ahead. Or around the top of the drainage, anyway.

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As I came up underneath it, I was pretty focused. Also, I had sweat in my eyes. I thought this was the summit, and was trying to figure out how I was going to climb that rock in my AT boots. I took my skis off and thought about it, just long enough to realize that this isn't the top. Doh! Approach

So about 100 yards farther along and slightly higher, this is the summit. Not too spectacular. Just a hump.

Approach

But it does have good views. There's the second peak I had targeted. GPS says it's a mile away. I had wanted to do the second peak, but the snow was already sloppy. And the day kept getting warmer. With my skins already icing, I decided it was time to head home.

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But first, I'll share some of the views. Looking north, that big one is Squaretop Mountain, with the Needles to the left. Approach

Looking more to the east/northeast, that's Thunderbolt on the other side of the South Fork.

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Map

This is a great area for skiing, so I will be back.

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