We were looking for something safe and scenic on this Friday the 13th and decided on this hike. We found no parking on FR 7170, which is one mile beyond Buck Ck Campground, and backtracked down to highway 410 a few hundred yards north to an unmarked road where we found an area big enough for a couple of cars under the power lines. You can also find some nearby wide spots plowed out along 410.
We walked through the forest back to FR 7170 and found the trailhead for Deep Ck just beyond the turnaround at the end of the short road.
Beginning of trail 100 yards past turnaround on FR 7170.
We were pleased to find the trail broken to 4000' where tracks abruptly ended at a saddle. Onward we forged breaking trail in decent snow with no post holing up to the ridge top at 6000' where a grand view of Rainier greeted us. We stopped for lunch here and watched snowmobilers buzzing around below before deciding where to go next. Our choices were right for Mutton Mtn or left for Noble Knob.
Nice forest on the ascent.
Almost to the top of the ridge.
Don relaxing on the ridge at 6000' with Mutton Mtn behind.
A group of us went up to Ignoble on 1-5-17. I wish I had done a bit more research as the Norse Peak area fire extended into the area and caused serious damage all of the way to the creek. The way was slow going through the burnt out lower area and even the lower ridge, but the views were, indeed, great 360 and more than I anticipated for that zone. Cheers!
-------------- striving to stand like mountain yet flow like water, and make the dogs happy
About 2 feet of fresh snow on ridge line. No wind and occasional sun breaks. Surprisingly there were tracks to follow for much of the way up in the snow up to the ridgeline at 6000ft. We went left on the ridge about 0.6 miles to Ignoble Knob (aka Point 6176). It was so going with the deep snow. It is a great destination and we had an awesome time!
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