Location : Entiat, Wa.
Access : Entiat River Rd. / Glacier Peaks portal NW to FR 5605 past Silver Falls drive to the road end.
Maps : GTM - Plain, Wa.
Stats : 12 miles, 3800', 10 hr. r/t
Steve and I made several contingency plans, not knowing how the weather was going to play out , but NOAA weather radio is the most accurate calling for partly sunny skies for the E. slopes , and the Entiat area seems to be in a rain shadow alot of times. We tried to get up the Duncan Ridge trail, but downfall was over the road near the beginning so we fell back on Klone Peak as a destination, one I had looked at a long time and seemed to be in a position to offer excellent viewbagging opportunities .
We were on the trail around 0715 under mostly sunny skies, starting out at around 4400-4500', it was comfortable probably in the 40s and we headed W to gain the ridge that would take us N along an undulating ridgeline. The area is densely forested here except for a section of ghost forest, lots of lupine, but not much else.
We hit about four 6k' highpoints off trail and straight up avoiding the low grade switchbacking trail as much as possible.
This is motorcycle country, but none had been up here yet it appeared and only the noise of an occasional woodpecker, wind, and creeking tree was heard. We eventually ran into hard snow which became all snow on the upper section of the ridge.
That along with the dense tree cover and two trails an old and a new one each going there own way made it interesting, eventually there was just hard packed snow. So looking around it can be a little disorienting seeing only the lower sections of trees and snow.
We were never more than several hundred feet off track and popped out on the edge of the ridgeline that we left just E. of Klone and followed the ridgeline to Klones S. side between Kelly mountain and took snow, dirt, scree, and pumice straight up to just W. of the summit.
That left us with a drifted snowy walk to the summit, the drifts were still 10' high in places and the views to the N, S, E were stunning.
There is an old lookout there where we had lunch in the sun, wind protected and were amazed at the vantage point we had. The cloud deck was variable, but probably around 8500', good views of everything except Maude, 7fj, Fernow.
We had talked about looping around behind Kellly to Two Little Lakes, Blue Creek Meadow and down Tommy Creek, but with all the eye candy we must have lost our minds, because we didn't bring it up again until we were well back on the main ridge, what's up with that ? a senior moment or something ? Anyhow we followed the edge of the ridges back cutting every switchback we could and liking it ! Another great day in the mountains.
Near the end of the main I looked over to see two motorcycles parked and we noticed some cut logs, we saw no one though and heard nothing.
Wondrful Pictures. The area isn't open to motorcycles until at least the middle of July and even then they don't seem to be much of a bother.
Thanks again for the pictures-they show lots of my favorite areas.
Man, wildernessed, you sure do get out! Great pix, as always.
Thanks.It was a busy weekend. Nobody could get out on the same day and my daughter was cleared for activity once her PT was done, so she wanted to get out also. I suffered through it all . Lichtenberg Mountain trip with Get Out and Go was a short, sweet trip, with alot of diversity as far as terrain.Great views and exercise though. Looks like a busy summer - fall ahead.
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