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Ascent of Sorcery Mountain on 2013-06-09

Climber: Franklin Bradshaw

Date:Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sorcery Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5273 ft / 1607 m

Ascent Trip Report

Barely warm clouds improved to warm mostly sunny. Up Dingford Creek Trail 1.8 miles. Just after Goat Creek at "Big Rock" with cairn on its north flank a left up hill. Puts you into more open woods, heading up. Rightish lands on a creek peninsula, and faint trail. Cross to climbers right of stream to find good trail adjacent to creek (above the ravine). Trail nicely leads all the way to the lake. From SW side of Horseshoe Lake head up steep open woods, or from lakes east side (at peninsula) head east up the West Ridge. Some steep terrain and a couple spots of cl3 rock. Lands at false summit. Another 100 (ish) east (ish) gets you to the summit. Small cairn on rock next to top. Nice, dry and flat for lounging and summit nap.

Sorcery is a nice short day with great views. The hike up Dingford and Goat Creek are straight forward and scenic. Horseshoe lake is quiet and worth a visit in itself. The scramble up the west ridge is open of brush, and a combo of steep duff to granite. A few flatter spots and a spot or two of boulder scrambling. In June snow started full coverage about 300' below the summit, while the summit rock was bare and dry.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Goat Creek/West Ridge
Descent Statistics



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