Ascent of Fletcher Peak on 2017-08-05
|Date:||Saturday, August 5, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||10236 ft / 3119 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI started at the North Loop trailhead about 7:15 am. Great morning and surprisingly for a summer day, the trailhead wasn’t crowded and I was able to park right in front. I’m guessing most people who are considering hiking to Fletcher Peak have already been on the North Loop trail so you already probably know how beautifully maintained and enjoyable North Loop is. It is steep here and there, but nothing for an average or seasoned hiker if it is your first time. 2 ½ miles or so into the North Loop trail after 2 overlook areas and just near the bottom of a long, down trending hill section, you reach a big cut log where the trail to Fletcher Peak takes a strong left. There’s no sign and I wouldn’t have seen this junction if I hadn’t researched its location. From the junction, the Fletcher Peak trail proceeds to traverse and roller coast along the side of the hill that you just descended on the North Loop trail and when it starts to approach the backside of this hill, it plunges towards a saddle area. As I was dropping down in here, I was thinking this area will probably be rather difficult on the way back up and I was right. After the saddle area, you climb another hillside use trail that jets back and forth smartly until it ends onto a neat landing area. The trail is followable through here, but it is faint in sections. This final section is probably the steepest on the course too. Perhaps it was just me, but there is a majestic spot approaching the landing area where the old curvy trees and surrounding scenery all seem whitish and make believe. Seemed like a Disney scene. I don’t usually take a lot of pictures, but this particular area compelled me to stop and take out the camera. At the landing, great views are available. The actual peak is close by on the next hill over, but the peak itself has trees and no meaningful views so this landing area makes a better finish. I was the only one on the Fletcher section of the trail so it was nice hiking with solitude on this interesting hike.
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