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Early season bushwack/snowshoe on early season legs.

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Gorgeous weather predicted. Gotta get out. Looking for a LOJ highpoint in my neighborhood that I had yet to do.

I know! Let's go down to the South Fork and get some ticks!

So first thing in the morning, my camera was too cold to shoot. Then up the old, abandoned trail. Not a lot to shoot, anyway. Finally, at about 6200' it was time to put on the slowshoes, so out came the camera.

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Lots of this.

More.

More.

Just keep following the ridge top.

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And then suddenly, there's White Rock.

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I had been to White Rock before, but today we were seeking the highpoint on the ridge. Not far....

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Not nearly as dramatic as the rock.

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But loads of views.

Summit shot.

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And then it was time for NTP.

That's Blackmare.

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Squaretop.

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The Castle. Trailhead
Gold Fork Rock Trailhead
And much farther away, Tripod Peak. Trailhead
Strangely (or alternately, how convenient!) there was a large bare area adjacent to the summit. We took full advantage, spending lunch basking in the sun. Trailhead

Then it was time to go visit the Rock itself.

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I think I found the key to climbing it, but I want a belay. Trailhead

Then came the long, long descent. The snow had gotten slippery, so slowshoeing was a little tricky. After that, descending through steep, slickery deadfall on tired legs was equally tricky.

There's something you don't see everyday. And it's actually below us.

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It was hot enough that we were sweating on the descent (at the car, 75°!).

Finally, there's the bridge.

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It helps to have a good zoom on your camera.

Tick count was somewhere around 30 to 40 each.

PS- Want a little solitude? We saw exactly one (1) other car moving between Cascade and our trailhead. And back.

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