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MountainMan
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PostThu Aug 13, 2009 5:58 pm 
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We picked Carne Mtn. for Sunday since it seems fairly close to Duncan Hill, our Saturday trip. However, as we discovered, even with cutting through on forest roads, the driving time is close to three hours between trailheads! eek.gif  So, after doing Duncan Hill on Saturday, we turned off of the Entiat River Rd onto Mad River Rd and then onto FR 5800 and found a place to camp a ways in on a spurr rd. In the morning we woke up to a nice sunny day & great views of nearby hills.

Our campsite
Our campsite

We had our usual oatmeal and tea for breakfast, packed up and headed out. We worked our way along forest roads 5800 and 7801, then eventually to the Chumstick Hwy and 207. The forest roads are dirt and in very good condition, but they were also narrow and winding with a few confusing junctions, so it took a long time to get through. Then, of course, we still had to go all the way up FR 62/Chiwawa River Rd to the Phelps Creek TH (FT 1511). The longer than anticipated driving time meant we got to the TH later than we had hoped. The parking area was packed, of course, with all the people going to Spider Meadows and beyond. Somebody must have just left, though, because we lucked out and got the third spot in from the TH!

BC at the TH
BC at the TH
We got the 3rd spot down!
We got the 3rd spot down!

We headed out along FT 1511 and, in a few minutes, reached the junction with the much less traveled Carne Mtn Trail (we only met two other groups the whole day). up.gif

Junction sign
Junction sign
Start of Carne Mtn Trail
Start of Carne Mtn Trail
Carne Mtn. topo 8 miles RT 3600' gain
Carne Mtn. topo 8 miles RT 3600' gain

The first part of the trail switchbacks up a steep forested hill. Not too much to see here, but we got some early views here and there.

Early views
Early views
Early views
Early views

Eventually the trail straightens out for awhile and the trees start to thin, but then there's more switchbacks as the trail climbs up towards the basin below Carne. This is where we met the only other group of day hikers we saw that day. The views just get better and better as you head up! up.gif

Buck Mtn
Buck Mtn
I thought the white line was a trail at first
I thought the white line was a trail at first
Buck Mtn
Buck Mtn
Headed up the trail
Headed up the trail
Small pk near Carne
Small pk near Carne
Views along the trail
Views along the trail
Views along the trail
Views along the trail
Day hikers headed down from Carne Mtn.
Day hikers headed down from Carne Mtn.

We reached the meadow in the basin and we could finally start to see the summit of Carne. There's a stream here and we filtered water before heading on.

BC in the basin
BC in the basin
BC heading up through the basin
BC heading up through the basin
Saddle below Carne
Saddle below Carne
Carne Mtn from basin below
Carne Mtn from basin below

Soon we crossed the basin and reached the junction with the Old Gib Trail.

Junction
Junction

Here we climbed more switchbacks to the saddle where we met a group of backpackers who had come up from Rock Creek.

Looking down at the basin
Looking down at the basin
Close to the summit
Close to the summit

We chatted a few minutes and took in the views, then headed for the summit, reaching it less than ten minutes later. The views were spectacular, even better than Duncan, which we could see too!  biggrin.gif up.gif  We took tons of pictures and looked at our map trying to put names to all the mountains around us. The most impressive nearby mtn. is Mt Maude, which we've added to our list. wink.gif We then had a quick snack, got our group pics, searched for a summit register (but didn't find any) and all to soon had to go back down.  frown.gif

Duncan Hill from Carne Mtn.
Duncan Hill from Carne Mtn.
Looking north towards Mt Maude.
Looking north towards Mt Maude.
Seven Fingered Jack and Mt Maude
Seven Fingered Jack and Mt Maude
Old Gib Mtn
Old Gib Mtn
Silhouettes
Silhouettes
Zoom of Seven Fingered Jack
Zoom of Seven Fingered Jack
MM and BC on Carne Mtn
MM and BC on Carne Mtn
BC taking in the views
BC taking in the views

This is a nearly 360 deg. pano from Carne:
Carne 1
12 labels
Carne 1
Carne 2
5 labels
Carne 2

Carne 3
1 label
Carne 3
Carne 4
3 labels
Carne 4

Carne 5
4 labels
Carne 5

On the way down, we saw the group of backpackers had camped in the meadow. We also spotted a marmot and some pikas.

BC heading down from the summit
BC heading down from the summit
Carne summit and Mt Maude
Carne summit and Mt Maude
Fluffy
Fluffy
Backpackers camping in the meadow
Backpackers camping in the meadow
Marmot
Marmot
Pika
Pika
Pika
Pika
Pika
Pika

It was pretty late when we got back to the TH and there weren't nearly as many cars. Still it was a good trip and well worth the long day. I loved the views from the summit! up.gif We stopped in Leavenworth on the way home and found a place that's open late called Katz Chop House on the corner of 8th and Commercial St. They have a good selection of food on their bar menu. up.gif  hungry.gif  cheers.gif

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Bloated Chipmunk
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PostThu Aug 13, 2009 6:15 pm 
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What a nice peak w/awesome views!!  hockeygrin.gif  up.gif  Here are my pics from the hike:

Camp
Camp
Phelps Crk. TH
Phelps Crk. TH
TH sign
TH sign
Views from parking area
Views from parking area
Junction
Junction
Go to the right for solitude, left to join the masses
Go to the right for solitude, left to join the masses
Views open up
Views open up
Peaks across the way
Peaks across the way
Nice views
Nice views
Buck & others
Buck & others
Scenic trail
Scenic trail
Hikers heading down
Hikers heading down
Carne Basin
Carne Basin
Lil' stream
Lil' stream
Carne summit up there somewhere...
Carne summit up there somewhere...
Fortress Mtn.
Fortress Mtn.
Junction w/the Old Gib trail
Junction w/the Old Gib trail
Carne Basin
Carne Basin
GPW sign
GPW sign
Approaching the summit
Approaching the summit
Looking across @ Chiwawa Ridge
Looking across @ Chiwawa Ridge
Views from on top
Views from on top
Views from on top
Views from on top
Views from on top
Views from on top
Views from on top
Views from on top
Views from on top
Views from on top
Spider Meadows & Gap
Spider Meadows & Gap
Seven Fingered Jack & Mt. Maude
Seven Fingered Jack & Mt. Maude
Duncan Hill in the distance
Duncan Hill in the distance
Spire next to Pt. 7968'(?)
Spire next to Pt. 7968'(?)
Old Gib Mtn. to the south
Old Gib Mtn. to the south
Pt. 8112' & 7811'
Pt. 8112' & 7811'
MM on top of Carne Mtn.
MM on top of Carne Mtn.
Pulling a Bingram
Pulling a Bingram
Headed down the steep short switchbacks
Headed down the steep short switchbacks
Peeps camped in the basin below
Peeps camped in the basin below
Back to the lil' stream
Back to the lil' stream

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PostThu Aug 13, 2009 6:22 pm 
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Thanks for the informative trail report.  I'm planning an overnight trip in October to see the larches.  Looks like the basin is a perfect camp site.
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PostThu Aug 13, 2009 6:36 pm 
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Nice trip you two!! You were so lucky to find parking right up front, go back about 300 yds to where the cars were on both sides of the road and you would have found my car...
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Magellan
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PostThu Aug 13, 2009 8:26 pm 
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Nice TR guys.  up.gif

Can anyone do some labeling on the panos for me? Please.  biggrin.gif
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PostThu Aug 13, 2009 11:02 pm 
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up.gif  You should go up into Leroy Creek basin and do the old trail that runs from there out to Carne and back down that trail for the full loop.  You could camp in Chipmunk creek basin too.
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PostFri Aug 14, 2009 2:26 pm 
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Awesome TR and photos. Good job you two!!! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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