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flatsqwerl
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PostWed Apr 07, 2021 8:33 am 
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This route was a new trip for me. I have done this peak in the summer from the West side road. Definitely worth a return trip. This was the Goat creek approach. 3 miles past Ashford, you take the dirt road on the left and park in about a mile in front of the huge washout. Hike 2 miles to the big shooting area and take the right fork heading east towards Goat creek. The snow coverage on the road was complete here...maybe a foot or so. In the morning it was hard enough for boots, but the occasional pop through prompted me to put on snowshoes. In 1.5 miles, the road crosses Goat creek. Here I left the road and followed the open areas right next to the creek heading upstream...very scenic with sun, shadows and shimmering creek pools. In a shy 1/4 mile from leaving the road I cross the creek and head up the drainage, keeping to the left of the stream coming out of the drainage. Its a subtle drainage and small stream so you have to be on your toes. Now its just plain up. The route slowly gets defined more as a nice shoulder, then ridge ( easy to follow ). Starting about 3600ft, the snowshoes came off and my heavy clunky boots were perfect for step kicking all the way to softer more open terrain at 5300ft.( snowshoes on now )  At 5700ft you reach a nice knob to see the summit ahead. Not too steep. On the the south summit I could see the skinny ridge leading to the other summit( 5921). With the snow on it I decided to stay at this point. I wandered a bit to get a better view of the cornices and surrounding area. I saw some nice cat tracks on the road and the usual elk/deer tracks as well.

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PostWed Apr 07, 2021 9:51 am 
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flatsqwerl wrote:

Mount Wow is the opposite in name to Mount Horrible ( in the Blue Mountains of S.E Washington).
Wow is always 'wow'on a day like you enjoyed, and its counterpart isn't really that horrible on a good day either.
Getting off topic, but if you seek Mount Horrible, why not visit Mt. Misery while in the Blues? Both are short hikes from roads.
Long drive from most of Washington but hopefully you'll have a not horrible time with no misery.

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