Ascent of Bear Creek Mountain on 2017-07-14

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bear Creek Mountain
    Elevation:7337 ft / 2236 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a bonus peak since my original plan for Big Horn & Gilbert was a Conrad Meadows approach, however, the road in is gated at (46.5896, -121.2305) due to washout, an addition of 7 miles each way. I did some last minute map consultation and found the Station Three Lake TH (46.5559, -121.3117) which is at 6000' vs Conrad Meadows 4000'. Great roads throughout Rimrock Lake area. Google will take you right there.

A nice peak for a new/inexperienced hiker/mountaineer. ~2.5 mile flat approach through forest and alpine meadows. ~1000 feet gain in last quarter mile to summit with some Class 2 scrambling. Lots of space near around the summit for protected camping.

I arrived at the TH at 1700. It was swarming with mosquitoes so I was walking around to throw them off while I got ready. The trail is very well established and maintained by the Cascadians. Patchy snow in the NE bowl below the summit. Mostly followed the established trail but took a few shortcuts up snow slopes. Got a bit off-trail and bushwacked the final bit to the summit. There was a pair of women camping on the SW ridge of the summit. I scurried along to get in as many miles as possible for my Big Horn and Gilbert bid.

1/1 ACCESS - Good roads and Google takes you right there
2/2 REMOTENESS (Popularity, Sight/Sound) - could be popular in peak season? Only 1 other car at TH
1/1 CONDITION - wide obvious maintained trail
2/3 VARIETY (Flora and Fauna, Geological, Terrain) - extra nice in early season since the snow provides more variety
2/3 VIEWS - Adams and Goat Rocks near and clear
TOTAL 8/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

Ultimate OR & WA Lists: CoHP, CoPP, Top e100, Top p100

Ultimate US List: HP, PP, Iso, 2ndLap
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1312 ft / 399 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Bear Creek Mt. Trail #1130
    Trailhead:Station Three Lake TH   6025 ft / 1836 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Horn-Gilbert (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bear Creek Mountain2017-07-14 a1312 ft / 400 m
2Big Horn2017-07-15 b6000 ft / 1829 m
3Gilbert Peak2017-07-15 c6000 ft / 1829 m
Total Trip Gain: 13312 ft / 4058 m    Total Trip Loss: 13312 ft / 4058 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Daniel Mick
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