Bull Horn Mountain & Peak 8477

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Bull Horn is a long snowshoe trudge in a beautiful area.

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Michael had Thursday off and it was supposed to be sunny. That was enough to get us going. So after dodging the elk all morning, we were parked near Banner Creek Summit.

The plan: the two forested peaks in the background here, Peak 8477 on the right, and on the far left 'Bull Horn Mountain'.

10°F. 8:30am.

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The first obstacle was creek crossing #1 (there was a second, smaller one in the next valley). We found a snomo track proving our snow bridge was substantial.

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Downstream from there looked less passable.

That's Copper Mountain glistening on the far right.

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Then followed a long trudge up the valley to the saddle, where we stashed some gear to lighten our loads.

Then followed by more trudging up to the summit. This was pretty much constantly forested, so not much for views. The photo is looking up what is actually a pretty steep hillside.

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From later in the day, this roughly shows our route up Peak 8477. Just go straight up through the woods til you reach the top.

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It's a big flattish top, which is why my GPS was showing the distance to the summit growing after I had passed it thinking the other end was higher.

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With not much to look at, we barely paused before flying back down to the saddle to attend to our grumbling stomachs. After a lengthy and relaxing lunch in the sun, it was time to head up our second peak. Only now the snow had gotten warm and sticky. 40 pound snowshoes and 10 pound poles worked to lessen our determination.

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But once on the ridge proper, we found patches of supportive wind crust that elevated our hopes.

And we got views!

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Another summit that required 'proofing' to make sure we found the highest spot. That one over there was 2' lower.

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Through the trees, Sawtooths!

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And with a zoom, some teeth.

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Following our tracks proved to be easier, especially since it was downhill. On the smaller creek crossing, Michael narrowly avoided wading when the snowbridge collapsed.

After we crawled over the last ridge (more uphill?) it was nice to know we were almost done. But we were pretty tired when we got back to the flats to trudge the last half mile back to the truck.

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