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Bloated Chipmunk
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Bloated Chipmunk
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PostMon Jun 22, 2009 7:38 pm 
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Old Scab Mtn. has been on my to-do list for awhile, yet another seemingly seldom visited peak with great views in the Bumping Lk. / American River / William O. Douglas wilderness area.  There are a few different ways to get there & we chose the shortest w/the least amount of elevation gain  embarassedlaugh.gif  - via the south end of Soda Springs trail #975 near Flat Iron Lk. - after we found out that the long forest rds. to get there were open.  up.gif

From hwy. 410 we turned at the sign for Boulder Cave, then took FR 1706 to FR 1600 toward the Little Bald Mtn. trailhead & a little beyond to the Soda Springs TH on the right.  Greentrails claims this TH sits @ 5100' but it's actually more like 5800'.   doh.gif Where the 700' discrepancy came from is anyone's guess.  confused.gif

FR 1706 is snow-free & relatively smooth, & FR 1600 is as well until a little bit before the Little Bald turn off where it gets a little rocky & high clearance is preferable.  Once on the ridge, we came across some snow patches, one deep enough that we decided to dig it out before any chance of getting stuck.  After that it was a breeze to the TH, which turned out to be practically around the corner.  up.gif There were no other vehicles which was good b/c the parking area only holds 2-3 cars.  We geared up & set out.

Trail sign
Trail sign

The trail drops ~ 200' in the beginning, & soon Old Scab was visible across the way.

1st view of Old Scab. True summit is behind point on left.
1st view of Old Scab. True summit is behind point on left.
Old Scab, zoomed.
Old Scab, zoomed.
'shroom
'shroom
Helpful sign. ;-)
Helpful sign. ;-)

We reached some meadows, @ which point other trails in the area confused us & we temporarily got off track.  dizzy.gif We realized our mistake soon enough & backtracked to the correct trail.

Meadows
Meadows
Meadows
Meadows
Meadows
Meadows
MM's turn to tempt fate
MM's turn to tempt fate

We more or less followed Beckey's instructions as to where to leave the trail, following vague boot/animal paths until they petered out  @ which point we would bushwhack until we found another one.  Soon we were @ the base of the SE ridge of Old Scab, & started our steep ascent.

Starting up the SE ridge of Old Scab.
Starting up the SE ridge of Old Scab.
Little Bald Mtn.
Little Bald Mtn.
MM photographing flowers
MM photographing flowers
MM on Old Scab's lower slopes
MM on Old Scab's lower slopes

The trees thinned out & the views opened up to the east & south.

Peaks to the south
2 labels
Peaks to the south
Pt. 6970'
1 label
Pt. 6970'
Blue sky
Blue sky
Flattish area near the false summit
Flattish area near the false summit
Flat Iron Lk. & MM
4 labels
Flat Iron Lk. & MM
Little Bald Mtn.
Little Bald Mtn.

As we passed the false summit, we skirted the north side of the ridge next to some lingering snow patches.  The ridge got fairly narrow & somewhat exposed & rocky, but not bad.  We picked our way over the rocks carefully, meanwhile enjoying views in all directions at this point.

Snow on the north side of the ridge
Snow on the north side of the ridge
Rocks near the summit we had to pick our way over
Rocks near the summit we had to pick our way over
Another shot of bright lichen
Another shot of bright lichen

Before long the east end of the summit became visible.

Not quite the true summit...
Not quite the true summit...
A bit scrambly
A bit scrambly
Rocks
Rocks

We traversed just beneath this & the west end of the summit (only slightly higher) came into view, complete w/a prominent rock cairn.

The summit cairn awaits
The summit cairn awaits
The summit! :-)
The summit! :-)

MM quickened his pace & hopped on top, meanwhile finding the huge summit register.

MM doing the Nixon pose
MM doing the Nixon pose
Summit register
Summit register

This was a bigger tube than I usually see, & I had to manhandle the cap a bit to get it off.  embarassedlaugh.gif

BC w/the big tube
BC w/the big tube
BC having trouble getting it off ;-)
BC having trouble getting it off ;-)

The register had been placed by boy scouts almost 9 yrs. ago.  I thumbed through the pgs. reading others' entries & eventually put my own.

Summit register
Summit register
Peaks to the south
6 labels
Peaks to the south
Bumping Lk.
Bumping Lk.
Goat Pk.(?) on American Ridge, Fifes Pks. beyond
2 labels
Goat Pk.(?) on American Ridge, Fifes Pks. beyond
Zoom of Fifes Pk. & Goat Pk./American Ridge
3 labels
Zoom of Fifes Pk. & Goat Pk./American Ridge
Bumping Lk.
Bumping Lk.
Peaks to the south, zoomed
2 labels
Peaks to the south, zoomed
Houses near Bumping Lk.
Houses near Bumping Lk.
Distant Stuart
Distant Stuart
Looking down the north face
Looking down the north face
The ridge we picked our way over
The ridge we picked our way over
Looking down at the NW ridge
Looking down at the NW ridge
Zoom of Bumping Lk.
Zoom of Bumping Lk.
Nelson Butte
Nelson Butte

We had a nice leisurely time on the summit to eat lunch, snap photos, & put names to the nearby peaks.  No thunderstorms this time.  cool.gif  up.gif

On the way back, we detoured to check out Flat Iron Lk.

Old snags on Old Scab
Old snags on Old Scab
Flat Iron Lk.
Flat Iron Lk.
Frog pond
Frog pond
Little creek through the meadows.
Little creek through the meadows.
Flat Iron Lk.
Flat Iron Lk.
MM @ Flat Iron Lk.
MM @ Flat Iron Lk.
Flat Iron Lk.
Flat Iron Lk.

We took another path back up the hill to the car, this one being much steeper & ending at some campsites along the rd. just north of the car.

Old Scab Mtn. as seen from above Flat Iron Lk.
Old Scab Mtn. as seen from above Flat Iron Lk.
Last look @ Old Scab Mtn.
Last look @ Old Scab Mtn.

Nice to get this Old Scab scratched off the list.  Another peak w/great views & no people.  biggrin.gif  up.gif

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Magellan
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Magellan
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PostMon Jun 22, 2009 9:11 pm 
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Great TR BC.  Glad to hear you handled that oversized tube.  eek.gif


I like this picture a lot.
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PostMon Jun 22, 2009 10:07 pm 
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Yep, this was a great summit with awesome views (and more trip ideas)! up.gif  biggrin.gif

Our route:

Old Scab Mtn.
Old Scab Mtn.

Here are my pictures:

BC at the TH.
BC at the TH.
First view of Old Scab from the trail.
First view of Old Scab from the trail.
Mushroom.
Mushroom.
BC on the trail.
BC on the trail.
Claw marks?
Claw marks?
Meadow
Meadow
Applegate's Paintbrush
Applegate's Paintbrush
Looking up.
Looking up.
Unnamed peaks to the SW.
1 label
Unnamed peaks to the SW.
Water drops.
Water drops.
BC on the way up.
BC on the way up.
Flat Iron Lake.
Flat Iron Lake.
BC at the false summit.
BC at the false summit.
Looking up the ridge towards the summit.
Looking up the ridge towards the summit.
Cornice
Cornice
BC at the final scramble to the top.
BC at the final scramble to the top.
Summit just ahead.
Summit just ahead.
BC has a big tube.
BC has a big tube.
BC having trouble getting it off.
BC having trouble getting it off.
Aix and unnamed peaks to the SW.
1 label
Aix and unnamed peaks to the SW.
Looking NW from Old Scab.
Looking NW from Old Scab.
Peak SW of Old Scab.
1 label
Peak SW of Old Scab.
Nelson Butte
Nelson Butte
Zoom of Aix
Zoom of Aix
Goat Mtn.
Goat Mtn.
Low flying jet.
Low flying jet.
Stuart
Stuart
BC relaxing on the summit, gazing towards distant peaks.
BC relaxing on the summit, gazing towards distant peaks.
BC and MM on the summit.
BC and MM on the summit.
Us on the summit and views south.
Us on the summit and views south.
BC doing Nixon pose on the summit.
BC doing Nixon pose on the summit.
Looking SW along the ridge.
Looking SW along the ridge.
Knobby tree.
Knobby tree.
BC at Flat Iron Lake.
BC at Flat Iron Lake.
Flat Iron Lake.
Flat Iron Lake.
BC looking back at Old Scab.
BC looking back at Old Scab.
Looking back at Old Scab from FR1600.
Looking back at Old Scab from FR1600.

All my pics here.

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PostMon Jun 22, 2009 10:27 pm 
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Another great report filled with tons of useful info and pics!  I really love the meadow with the stream, just beautiful!  up.gif
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puzzlr
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PostTue Jun 23, 2009 1:01 am 
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You're starting to specialize in obscure peaks! Nice going  up.gif
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PostTue Jun 23, 2009 5:33 am 
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Wow, yous folks are really hitting the southern Cascades hard!  Neat to see folks getting to such a quiet and lovely place!  One of my favorites is the subalpine frolick of a Mt Aix-Bismark Pk. traverse if you haven't done those yet.  Should still be snow to melt near the campsite options.
John
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PostTue Jun 23, 2009 9:59 am 
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Another nice report. Thanks

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rockitbiker
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PostWed Jun 24, 2009 3:34 pm 
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Nice job on tagging another one in the great WOD wilderness.  It is cool that you were able to drive up that high on north facing roads, so I will have to wander my way over there next time we get a chance out there.  I can't wait to see what the next hike will be, all such a pretty area.

Good job BC on getting that big boy off too.  wink.gif

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PostWed Jun 24, 2009 4:00 pm 
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Thanks rockitbiker! Maybe we can all do another peak down in the Rimrock area soon.  biggrin.gif


John Morrow wrote:
...One of my favorites is the subalpine frolick of a Mt Aix-Bismark Pk. traverse if you haven't done those yet.  Should still be snow to melt near the campsite options.
John

We have done Nelson, Aix and Bismark, but we haven't done a traverse or ridgewalk between them, sounds fun. agree.gif

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PostWed Jun 24, 2009 6:19 pm 
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I like the pics of you two at the summit.  up.gif
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Bloated Chipmunk
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Bloated Chipmunk
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PostWed Jun 24, 2009 7:01 pm 
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Thanks everyone.  It was a fun trip.  smile.gif  BTW I have re-labeled some of the pics (yet another Greentrails discrepancy discovered - Pt. 6676' is more like 6970').

John Morrow - we saw your name in the summit register.  Was it you or someone else w/your name?  wink.gif

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