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Dave gets his indoctrination into hiking in the South Fork Salmon canyon.

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We rolled from my house at 7am, and after a brief glimpse of our peak, arrived at the completely empty Poverty Flats campground at about 8:15.

For reference (and some pics from a different perspective of today's terrain), this is the same trailhead used for White Rock.

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After riding the South Fork on his bike more than a few times, Dave was excited to do his first South Fork hike.

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We cruised up the switchbacks, then jumped up the ridge for some bushwhacking. Surprisingly, there was sort of a trail. After a few discussions, we figured out that we were following the work path of the crew that had done the controlled burn on this ridge last fall.

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At about 5200' we hit our first snow patch. At about 6000', it was time to put on the slowshoes.

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There's our peak over there.

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When we hit the ridgetop at about 6500', it was time to follow the rolling ridge for the next mile or so to our summit, which is only about 100' higher. The snow was sort of firm, but definitely not supportive for booting. And even a little slippery side-hilling on snowshoes at some spots (that's called alliteration).

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Ruby led the way.

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The tracks were pretty melted out, but I think this is a running wolverine.

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When we got close, I got nervous. Looks scary! Will it go?

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Yes, although the previous picture wasn't the true summit. With patience, we found the true summit to be right behind that, and about 3' taller. Trailhead

And right under the summit, we got a dry spot to have a celebratory lunch.

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But before we eat, let's talk views.

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Squaretop.

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Thunderbolt.

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There were a lot of NTP to show, but before the snow got too slurpy, it was time to head down.

From here you can sort out the summit rocks. The real summit is behind Dave here, and the block on the far right is the scary one we saw from below.

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After negotiating the rolling ridge, it was time to head back down the steep stuff. Slurpy, slippery steep stuff. Trailhead
And then down the dirty steep stuff. Dust clouds! The dust seemed really incongruous while descending in wet boots. Trailhead

Nah, that's not steep.

But that IS a trail.

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Ruby liked being on a real trail, and especially the squirrel-rich environment.

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From the river, you can see our summit. Trailhead

A closer view.

On the way home, we ran into Art and Carol, who were heading down this direction for some social distancing. Otherwise, it was the normal quiet drive home.

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Dave's report, with more excellent photos Trailhead
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