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Ascent of Sorcery Mountain on 2008-08-12

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sorcery Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5273 ft / 1607 m

Ascent Trip Report

There's many reports on Sorcery Mountain at nwhikers.net.

This time of year, this is a quick peak. 6:30-9:15 up, back to the car at 12:30, what with some exploring around Horseshoe Lake and a refreshing waist deep wade in the lake on the descent just for fun. It was nice beating the rush "hour" traffic home.

The route begins 50 paces before the "Big Rock" on the Dingford Creek Trail, soon after crossing the main Goat Creek crossing. A rock cairn (if it's still there) on a large rock on the left marks the start. The route is a bit indistinct until one crosses a branch of Goat Creek from west to east. From there on to the lake, it's a fun trail, causing me to pause now and then to be certain of the correct continuation.

Continuing around Horseshoe Lake a bit on the overgrown trail or just following the shoreline, I eventually took off up the pleasant forested west ridge, zigzagging around huge rock outcrops and going over the tops of some boulders.

There are great views of Galleon Mountain to the west of Horseshoe Lake from the summit, and of course, many others. Seven vehicles at the trailhead at the start, eight vehicles on the return, though I saw no one.
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