A good trail leads to the lookout on Raspberry Ridge but because of the snow cover, we used a track log that I downloaded from trailpeak.com to keep on route. Much of the trail was under a few inches of snow. Just below the crest of the ridge we pulled out our ice axes to make our way up the hard snow crust.
Although we encountered wind on the trail both on the ascent and descent, the summit was dead calm. We spent half an hour on the top enjoying the scenery under blue skies before heading back. We hiked south along the ridge for a few hundred metres past the point where we had gained the ridge. It was too nice a day not to extend our outing a bit. We found a break in the ridge and then made our way back to the trail on the lower slopes of the mountain. Our outing took little more than five and a half hours.
Hiking up the trail
Raspberry Ridge ahead
North End of Plateau Mountain in the background
Mount Burke above me (mouse over for a close up). Sentinel Peak (sharp point) on the right.
Much of the area has been logged.
The slope opens up as we near the crest of the ridge.
We stick to the snow-filled trail. We ascended the break in the cliff band on the right.
Looking south along the ridge
We ascend the break on my right.
Dinah follows me up the break.
There is little snow on the crest of the ridge.
We find a TV on the summit and sit down to watch it. "The Microphone and The Grasshopper"
was playing (mouse over).
As we drive home, the sunset creates a colorful sky for the moonrise.
360° view from the helipad
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