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PostTue Dec 30, 2008 7:55 pm 
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Location : Wenatchee, Wa.
Access : Miller St. to S. end, turn right park at saddle Rock - Dry Gulch TH
Maps : GTM - Mission Ridge / Wenatchee
Stats : 2.5 mi, 1000', 2 hr.

Rooster Comb - Foothills Loop
Rooster Comb - Foothills Loop

I squeezed this short, but scenic snowshoe in between dropping my son off for the bus to Mission Ridge and picking him up. The foothills and mountains around Wenatchee wear the snow well, and the skies were blue with lots of sunshine.

Rooster Comb Mtn. the Northface
Rooster Comb Mtn. the Northface
Saddle Rock and West Foothills near Dry Gulch
Saddle Rock and West Foothills near Dry Gulch
Mission Mtn. aka Monitor Mtn.
Mission Mtn. aka Monitor Mtn.
Rock formation know as the Cock below true summit
Rock formation know as the Cock below true summit
Rooster Comb summit area
Rooster Comb summit area
Rooster Comb coated summit rocks
Rooster Comb coated summit rocks
Western Mtn. and Foothills
Western Mtn. and Foothills
Columbia River Basin South of summit
Columbia River Basin South of summit
Wenatchee Valley and City
Wenatchee Valley and City
Pristine slope
Pristine slope
High Desert Winter
High Desert Winter
Wenatchee
Wenatchee
Rocky Rubble on the Ridge
Rocky Rubble on the Ridge
Rooster Comb from the road by my house.
Rooster Comb from the road by my house.
Northwest side of Rooster Comb and ridge route.
Northwest side of Rooster Comb and ridge route.
Saddle Rock
Saddle Rock
Initial trail, I carried my snowshoes here.
Initial trail, I carried my snowshoes here.
Rooster Comb Mtn. Loop_0563
Rooster Comb Mtn. Loop_0563
Gaining the wide, low angle lower ridge.
Gaining the wide, low angle lower ridge.
Burch Ridge - Burch Peak - Chumstick Peak
Burch Ridge - Burch Peak - Chumstick Peak
Summit Ridge
Summit Ridge
Summit ridge
Summit ridge
Summit ridge
Summit ridge
Steepish ridge to the summit.
Steepish ridge to the summit.
Our house (brown) second to the left from the summit.
Our house (brown) second to the left from the summit.
Near the summit.
Near the summit.
Saddle Rock
Saddle Rock
Pitcher Mtn. a great snowshoe trip.
Pitcher Mtn. a great snowshoe trip.
Mission Mtn. aka Monitor Mtn. with Burch and Chumstick Peaks in the background.
Mission Mtn. aka Monitor Mtn. with Burch and Chumstick Peaks in the background.
Rocky Spire they call the "Cock" below Rooster Comb's main rocky summit.
Rocky Spire they call the "Cock" below Rooster Comb's main rocky summit.
Horse Lake Mtn. center and Saddle Rock lower right.
Horse Lake Mtn. center and Saddle Rock lower right.
The desert brush was awesome in the snow.
The desert brush was awesome in the snow.
Trail ornament
Trail ornament
Dropping down off the ridge along wintry slope.
Dropping down off the ridge along wintry slope.
Boulder on the edge.
Boulder on the edge.
Rock formation along ridge.
Rock formation along ridge.
Highpoint on ridge up Dry Gulch
Highpoint on ridge up Dry Gulch
Desert draw
Desert draw

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PostTue Dec 30, 2008 8:13 pm 
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Looks like you made good use of a nice day.  Of course you would be more hardcore if you did the loop beginning and ending at your house (it can't be that far biggrin.gif ).  I have been up saddlerock more times than I can count, but have yet to go the other direction, looks like I'll have to do it now though.
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PostTue Dec 30, 2008 8:32 pm 
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kyled wrote:
Looks like you made good use of a nice day.  Of course you would be more hardcore if you did the loop beginning and ending at your house (it can't be that far biggrin.gif ).  I have been up saddlerock more times than I can count, but have yet to go the other direction, looks like I'll have to do it now though.

Blue = Go. The East ansd South sides are private property, as is the lower North side, so the NE is your best option. If I can gain a 1000' in a mile snowshoeing, we will call it a workout, but the views were choice between storms.

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PostTue Dec 30, 2008 8:55 pm 
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Loved it! Thanks for sharing, what a sunny day! I miss those.
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PostTue Dec 30, 2008 10:01 pm 
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Hoo-ee! ........ It sure do look different in summer.       biggrin.gif        For some reason, I've always reached the Rooster Comb by coming down the ridge from the southwest, from the Herd farm. Then I've only "discovered" the private property on the north as I left it.       rolleyes.gif

By the way, Wildernessed, neat pics. The snow makes those Wenatchee ridges look quite dramatic.

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PostWed Dec 31, 2008 10:56 am 
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Scrooge wrote:
Hoo-ee! ........ It sure do look different in summer.       biggrin.gif        For some reason, I've always reached the Rooster Comb by coming down the ridge from the southwest, from the Herd farm. Then I've only "discovered" the private property on the north as I left it.       rolleyes.gif

By the way, Wildernessed, neat pics. The snow makes those Wenatchee ridges look quite dramatic.

It brings out every ridge and draw, almost like the early greens of Spring. up.gif

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PostWed Dec 31, 2008 11:45 am 
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Really cool place! Is it as accessible most of the winter?

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PostWed Dec 31, 2008 12:10 pm 
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Gil wrote:
Really cool place! Is it as accessible most of the winter?

Yes

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PostTue Jan 13, 2009 1:12 am 
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"Then I've only "discovered" the private property on the north as I left it. rolleyes.gif "

Gentlemen,

Please respect the "No Trespassing" signs on the Lovitt Mining property (All of Rooster comb, road from Dry Gulch down, Cross).

We are trying to keep the cross in the current location but trespassing near the old mine site (Dangerous) is creating a liability problem. We have talked with Dry Gulch LLC & Land trust but so far we have not come up with a solution.

If the current signs are not respected the cross will be removed and the Jeep road will be permanently blocked off.
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PostTue Jan 13, 2009 7:27 am 
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Please respect the "No Trespassing" signs on the Lovitt Mining property (All of Rooster comb, road from Dry Gulch down

I was under the impression that the Appleatchee Riders had bought most of that property and was holding it for recreational use under an agreement with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.

Good article on acquisition of the Lovitt Mine property.

Unfortunately, in looking at a map of the new property boundaries, I see that the Rooster Comb, itself, as well as the key access routes, are still officially out-of-bounds.


However, Dry Gulch is now open for recreational use. In light of that, I think there should be more concern about trespass onto the Herd farm, a working dairy farm, than there needs to be about traversing the land around the Rooster Comb, an area unused by anyone for decades.

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"I was under the impression that the Appleatchee Riders had bought most of that property and was holding it for recreational use under an agreement with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust."

Dry Gulch LLC bought the land around the old Cannon Mine not the Lovitt Mine. The Lovitt Mining Co owns everything North of the right side red line on the map you posted.

"However, Dry Gulch is now open for recreational use. In light of that, I think there should be more concern about trespass onto the Herd farm, a working dairy farm, than there needs to be about traversing the land around the Rooster Comb, an area unused by anyone for decades."

Are you going to pay the liability insurance? Is it ok for teens to climb the cross if nobody is using it? (that happened) Why do you think the riding club incorporated a new entity to hold the Dry Gulch? liability.
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