Pete Creek Peak

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A casual Ruby Tuesday hike just north of Burgdorf.

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After a drive of 1:15 from the house, we were on our way at about 11:15. Not exactly the crack of dawn, but casual.

I had walked the Bear Pete trail with Tom in 2009. It starts in the very back of a Forest Service campground, sort of hidden. But when you do find the trail, there is a sign.

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After a short walk through the woods, you pop out into an open meadow with a view of Pete Creek Peak (center). But not quite the summit; it's farther back.

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This trail is popular with motorcycles. Or, at least, they seem to be the primary users. But much of it is really nice hiking, especially on a week day after Labor Day when you can have it all to yourself.

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The trail gains very slowly,meandering near the creek and going over several low ridges. Then it starts to climb in earnest, turns northerly and climbs some more. You don't really get a view of the peak until after perhaps three miles.

Note that there are frequent water spots on or along the trail, making this a good one for the pup.

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At this point, you enter an old burn. And it's later in the day. So sunny and warm. You are heading for the saddle in the ridge.

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The saddle sits atop a headwall, and as you ascend the headwall the trail gets quite steep.

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Steep trail and motorcycles don't really mix. Granted, the motor folks had cut out all the trees, but after they have had their way with the steep hillside, this is no longer a nice hiking trail.

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At the saddle, I left the trail and crossed a broad, seepy hillside. Like a hundred yards of seepy hillside. Ruby got quite muddy, but I was able to avoid filling my boots.

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Above the wet spot, it's no longer wet.

The basin across the way holds a lake, but we were never quite able to see it. I suspect it might be pretty.

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After a short pull up the steep ridge, it flattens out into a broad crown. Maybe 100' of gain remains as you walk around it's curve.

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The rock poking out of the trees on the right is the summit. Hmmmm. Trailhead

But the back side of the rock is a simple walk up. Summit.

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Looking back down the drainage you ascended. Trailhead

Originally I was going to try a shortcut (see 'TRL' way point on map below), but instead followed the trail out of curiosity. But on the way down, I took that shortcut in an attempt to make it to my brother's house for the afternoon beer appointment. To make a long story shorter, here's the upper part of the shortcut. We're heading for that ridge over there.

The meadow in the background is Burgdorf.

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The ridge was wonderful- easy walking through open terrain.

Then it got steeper and shady, with tons of bear grass.

Then for about 200 yards, it was heinous, can't-see-where-you-are-going, stacked-log bushwacking.

And that opened out into open lodgepole slopes back to the trail.

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The trail was dusty, but allowed fast hiking. Here we are crossing the bouncy bridge over Lake Creek, with maybe five minutes remaining to the rig. Trailhead

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