Anthill Rim near Wahtum (or suggest a better name)

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Anthill Rim near Wahtum (or suggest a better name)

Post by Chip Down » May 27th, 2019, 1:53 pm

From the Wahtum TH, you can drop to the lake, or you can spiral out of the bowl on Anthill Trail until it reaches a ridgecrest, which the trail follows northbound. But what if you followed that ridge southbound offtrail? It soon becomes much steeper on one side than the other, so it's more like a rim. It looked promising. But I wanted Anthill to be my goal, not my starting point, so I identified what looked like the furthest extent of the interesting terrain and started there, exploring towards Anthill.

It was a miserable day for off-trail shenanigans. Was supposed to be dry in the morning, chance of showers pm. It started out breezy and misty, not really too bad for trail hiking, but bushwhacking got me soaked fast. At least it wasn't cold. Views were limited, but I did't mind too much. It added some challenge. After noon, things started to clear, and I could see around a bit more.

This was a fun route. Rocky beargrass meadows, snow, mature forest, some geological curiosities. Unfortunately, by the time I was nearly at Anthill, I lost interest. It was just plain bushwhacking, boring, soppy, and with my goal being just a trail that joined my ridgecrest, there wasn't enough motivation to continue. I don't greatly regret turning back early; there's no joy or glory in bushwhacking to a trail, unless the trail takes one to a subsequest* goal.

This would be a fantastic place for a backdoor trail for hikers who want to avoid the Wahtum experience. There's already a logging road for access (hasn't been active in a while) and the scenery is good enough to justify a trail on its own, even if it didn't go anywhere.

Incidentally, I see beargrass is in bloom roadside nearby, but not on my hike.

* That was a typo, but I'm leaving it. Subsequest seems like a perfectly cromulent word.
Heaviest rain of the day. I was grateful to be out of the brush, and it wasn't windy, so I tested my new hiking umbrella.
Interesting peak over there. Maybe Chinidere Mountain?
Occurred to me there should be views of Hood from my rim. Sure enough, as the clouds parted a bit I spotted Barrett Spur.
Seems like that has to be Tomlike, but the angle feels wrong for where I was. I should have been seeing more from the end, similar to what a hiker sees while ascending the ridge.
See that little breached pinnacle over there? The one unobtainable goal. Surprisingly, was able to traverse beneath them, but never found a way up. Much more complex than it looks from here.
Scout Lake
The sun came out for a moment just as I was wanting a break. But I could see it was raining over at Mt. Defiance (pictured). Sure enough, it came my way fast, and hit me before I could even finish a single beer.

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