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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 6:55 am 
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After having been desk-bound for most of the winter, I'm interested in getting out in the mountains this weekend for a moderate objective with the intention of getting to the top of something and soaking in some views.

Big Snow Mountain up Middle Fork River Road likely fits the bill, but will be a "biathlon" effort.

The approach road is in fairly bad condition (for the Forest Service stretch) and gated at Dingford Creek. From there, it's a bit over seven miles and 1700' of gain (most of it at the end) to reach Hardscrabble Creek, the jump off point for a climb of Big Snow (it's also possible to approach from the Dingford Creek side, but brushier). Since this would be a lot of walking, this stretch is best done on (mountain) bike. From here, it's another 4 miles on foot and 3500' of gain to reach the summit plateau via lower and upper Hardscrabble Lake. The good news is that once you get back from the summit, it's a seven mile downhill cruise back to the car.

Given that the snow pack is still consolidating in places, the gear list for this outing is rather lengthy (and much of it may not end up getting used):
- Snowshoes (terrain is a bit tight lower down so skis might be difficult)
- Crampons (aluminum pons should be fine)
- Ice axe
- Helmet
- Mountain bike

I'll be looking to leave Seattle by 0700 and stopping for dinner in North Bend on the way back. Probably return to Seattle by 2200.

If this sounds appealing to you, respond below or send me a PM. Indicate whether you have a car that can carry bikes, as this is likely to be the limiting factor in the number of people who can go. Would prefer not to have more than 8-10 people along.

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