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Ascent of Sauers Mountain on 2009-04-03

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Friday, April 3, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sauers Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3116 ft / 949 m

Ascent Trip Report

Leaving Edmonds at 4:40 a.m., it was snowing pretty good, everyone's yards were covered with fresh snow and I had to deal with a lot of slush on Highway 99. It turned to rain before Everett and back to snow again in Goldbar and a blizzard closer to Stevens Pass. It was a bit difficult getting over the mountains since only one lane was driveable in each direction, instead of the usual four. Visibility was hampered and I had to slow down. It took me closer to three hours to get to Peshastin instead of the normal two. The worst part was somebody tailgating me, who didn't want to pass, apparently since there was too much snow. Oh well, good thing I didn't drive over I-90. Chains were required to go over Snoqualmie Pass and I heard I-90 was closed off and on for avalanche control. It was sunny and blue skies when I left the car at 7:30 a.m. and headed up. And sunny all day. The snow covered peaks were clear, too. There was just a bit of clouds over some distant peaks.

There is good information on Sauer's Mountain at http://www.justgetout.net/Wenatchee/14485

I continued on to Peak 3172' and Point 3160+ for good measure, though surely 3172 is higher than 3160+.

Back at my car I met Mrs. Sauer, who was hard at work cleaning up the trailhead. She said her husband built the trail over a three year period about 20 - 30 years ago on a combination of their private property and forest service land. Walking over to a nearby pond with a bench, I met her husband chopping down a tree on an island in the pond that he had also built. He said the tree's roots had destroyed the fish in the pond since it was making the lake shallower around the island, or whatever. Anyway, he asked for a hand moving some heavy trunks of the tree that had already been chopped down. So I hopped onto the raft he had built with tree branches and he used a long pole to get us back to the island. Mr. Sauer rattled off a bunch of other trails he had built working for the forest service many years ago. The Sauer Mountain trail is a great trail, but he said the Forest Service scolded him for building it. When asking why, he replied, "They just like telling people what to do, kind of like the new administration." But then he also said they told him the trail needed waterbars. He said it didn't need them with the little bit of rain it gets over there, but he put some in anyway. They have a friendly dog named "Blue Lady" I played with, but she barked at me at the trailhead and when first hiking up the trail in the morning.

After saying goodby to the Sauers, I drove up Derby Canyon Road until stopped by snow near the turnoff to Blag Mountain. Continuing west on a gated closed road on foot I hit the ridge south of 4358', dubbed "Humility Hill", http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=52419, and continued on to the summit through some burned trees. There were good views of snow covered Blag Mountain east across Derby Canyon where I once came upon some peacocks near the summit area. And there are views of the entire ridge up Sauer's Mountain.

It was a t-shirt kind of a day, though wind on the ridges made me put on a flannel shirt. Insignificant patches of snow on Sauer Mountain. More on the other two, but no big deal.

Being as it is spring break, Leavenworth was filled with sightseers.
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