Day 2 of a 4-day trip was spent in the Loon Lake area, tagging some stragglers
and easy summits that I had missed on previous visits. Tom was kind enough to
not complain much about these - after a long previous day, he seemed as happy
as I to have a bunch of short approaches. We'd spent the night parked at the
eastern start of the famous Rubicon Trail at Loon Lake and began our day
This was the only peak requiring more than half a mile to reach the summit,
in this case about 3.5mi each way. As the highest peak of the day, Jerrett lies
southwest of Guide Peak and southeast of McKinstry, several miles north of
Loon Lake. It does not have the fine features of the surrounding peaks, more
of a wide, flat-topped summit with forest and weak views. We followed the
and junction at Ellis Creek, then took the
fork continuing north up the Ellis Creek drainage for another mile. When we
were due east of the summit we left the road to head cross-country upslope to
the summit. There was
to work around and through, forest downfall
to go over, and much of the usual obstacles, none particularly difficult. We
reached the summit shortly after 8:30a, finding little in the way of views. We
continued west for another 100yds or so to of the summit
plateau where we could get a decent view looking in that direction. McKinstry
rose higher to , Loon Lake below us to .
After a short break we walked back over the view-challenged summit where we
left . We then
descended to the south, using a road we had crossed over during the ascent. It
is shown on the topo map as ending high on the south side of the mountain, but
we found it continued, descending steeply to where we
depicted on the the map and to the Ellis Creek
Bridge and .
We by 10:30a, taking about 3.5hrs for
An from with little brush.
Near views overlook . View to Jerrett Peak.
About 10min in each direction.
Located about a mile west of Peak 6,710ft, the distance is only half a mile from
the east. This was of the day. Bear
trails make the brush tolerable, but in trying to find a better route on the
way down we got into some heavier stuff that was worse. The highlight is a
that forms the highpoint. A dead tree on the east side
provides the only route to the summit less than class 5.hard. The tree is
pretty sturdy, but requires some stiff class 4 climbing to mantle onto the
boulder. I went up and took of Tom, below. He gave it
but backed down. I was unable to convince him that this summit mattered.
A short distance to the northeast is found the WENTWORTH .
We spent a little under an hour roundtrip on this one.
This is a surprisingly tough little scramble. We used a spur dirt road to get
within a few hundred feet of the summit on . A
not depicted on the topo form the major difficulty.
There is also below the cliffs that should not be
taken lightly. Choose your path wisely. We went up the north
side and down , class 3 for both. Nice
This unnamed summit lies about a mile northeast of Chipmunk Bluff, most
easily accessed via the same spur road on the peak's .
Some brush is encountered lower down, in the upper
half. is a nice
little find on the summit's southwest side, about 2/3 of the way up. Another
good view of can be had from .
These last two are only a few miles south of the previous two summits, but there
is much driving between them. We left my Jeep on Icehouse Rd at the junction
with Tells Creek Rd (aka Forest Road 36), and drove Tom's up the latter road.
The road is paved all the way to Tells Creek Equestrian Camp. Before reaching
the campground, we turned left on FR13N22E, a high-clearance spur road oddly
marked with No Motor Vehicles
. We drove the rode anyway,
about a quarter mile to , then hiked the remaining 1/3mi up
steep, forested, and somewhat brushy slopes to
with no obvious highpoint and no views. A dud.
This one is a large granite dome outcrop southwest of Peak 7,095ft. We drove
back to the pavement, then another spur road (FR13N22H) to the north side of
Sun Rock. The jeep was able to drive further than the end depicted on the maps,
getting us another few hundred feet closer to an already easy hike. A
leads out onto the
with very little prominence but a swell
view looking west and south.
Afterwards, we spent some time trying to drive close to Two Peaks from different
directions, tharted at each attempt. From the northwest, one can get as close
as the equestrian camp at the end of paved Tells Creek Rd, a starting elevation
around 6,500ft. From there it's 3-4mi mostly on trail to Two Peaks. From the
southwest, one can drive Pickett Pen Rd, a good gravel road along Cheese Camp
Ridge and Big Silver Creek to an unsigned, locked gate on private logging
property. A hike from there is somewhat shorter, but starts more than a thousand
feet lower, probably the poorer of the two choices. We were about out of time
so we gave up the effort and went to camp below the Cheese Ridge highpoint. As
a target shooting area, it wasn't the best of choices with shells and detritus
littering the ground, but it would do in a pinch...