Larch Mountain 2-9-2013

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Peabody
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Larch Mountain 2-9-2013

Post by Peabody » February 11th, 2013, 7:46 pm

Quick TR from my hike up the Larch Mountain Road to Sherrard Point

Started at the gate.

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Walked up the road and used FR 315 to cut over to Larch Mountain TR 441

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Heading up on TR 441. On the way up I past one other hiker who was on the way down.

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The parking lot.

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Heading up the ridge to Sherrard Point

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Sherrard Point

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Heading down the road, back to the gate.

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Added the word Larch to the sign. I always thought a sign with the word ROCKS needed something else to make it sign worthy. Why not have signs announcing TREES or FERNS or DEERS

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On the way out I found the road blocked by a car stuck in the snow. Two young men in a 1990's rear drive station wagon with bald tires and chains that either didn't fit the tire, had pieces missing or the instructions were missing had slid off the road. Shortly afterward a second vehicle pulled up behind. The two young men had been working at getting it unstuck for about two hours. I retrieved a shovel and two waters from my SUV and between the four of us we managed to free it in about 30 minutes right at dusk. I resisted the urge to heap on advice, you never want to be remembered as "the jerk that helped out". I think I made a big difference in someone's day.

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The road: You'll start to encounter snow about 2-3 miles before the gate. The road becomes a snow covered two track. Mrs. P's SUV would occasionally scrap in the center. Mrs. P didn't make this trip and doesn't know about the scraping part and we don't need to upset her especially after the "Silver Star incident" so shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I had 4 wheel drive and did not put on the chains. I made it to the gate with no problems.
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Re: Larch Mountain 2-9-2013

Post by Eric Peterson » February 11th, 2013, 8:08 pm

And EP wasn't around to hold you hostage again! :)

Nice report on the road conditions and I guess it's going to be a few weeks for that snow
to melt out before they open the gate for the floppers.

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Re: Larch Mountain 2-9-2013

Post by Peabody » February 11th, 2013, 8:12 pm

Forgot the stats. My GPS crapped out (It's better now) so these are estimates. 8.3 miles 1400 ft
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