Ascent of Mount Beljica on 2015-06-27

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Saturday, June 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Beljica
    Elevation:5475 ft / 1668 m

Ascent Trip Report

Spent a warm & muggy Saturday afternoon trekking up to the summit of Mt. Beljica, with a stop to cool off at Lake Christine on the way back down.

The road to the trailhead is rough, rocky, and pothole-filled-- but clear of any major obstacles or washouts so not too bad as long as you slow down and pay attention. I was attempting to navigate my way there based on the directions from the WTA site (same as in the Day Hiking Mt. Rainier book), but I was also running Google Maps on my phone. Good thing I had the backup, since my odometer mileage didn't match the directions and signage was lacking on most of the forest roads.

When we arrived at the small trailhead parking lot at about 12:30, it was mostly full-- but that's only about 8 vehicles, so still far from a crowded place. In fact, we only encountered about 15-20 people and dogs all day. We started up the trail just before 13:00 and were sweating profusely almost immediately. The very first section of trail is the steepest, and it was hot out. After that first brief bit of steep, rocky slope the trail becomes a much more moderate ascent through lush forest. Before long we found ourselves on the shore of peaceful and quiet Lake Christine. Another mile (and a few more steep & rocky bits) down the trail, we arrived at the summit of Mount Beljica-- and surrounded by stunning views!!

On the way back down we cooled our heels in Lake Christine while enjoying the warm sunshine, and the dog treated himself to some frolicking and stick-chasing in the shallow water. On the trail, we found it best to keep moving as much as possible or else the damned mosquitoes and horse flies would harass us. At the lake, however, the bugs didn't seem to be quite as bad (and they were almost nonexistent on the summit). Perhaps the best part of this trip was that we encountered so few other people-- we actually had both the summit and the lake all to ourselves. Splendid day :-)
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
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    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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