Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

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Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by VanMarmot » October 19th, 2013, 6:31 am

Restarting the train of government is a slow process (even with its clown car temporarily decoupled), which gave me the opportunity to squeeze in just one more mid-week, bluebird day of hiking. I wanted the biggest views possible, which brought to mind Yocum Ridge. Thanks to pdxgene’s recent TR (Ramona Falls), I knew crossing the Sandy wouldn’t be an issue. So Friday found me leaving the Ramona Falls TH early enough (except for a few mushroom pickers, I was alone in the parking lot) to cross the Sandy just as the sun was breaking over Hood.

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Then it was up the PCT, past Ramona Falls (obligatory shot of same),

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to connect with the Timberline Trail (#600) and then the Yocum Ridge trail (# 771) for the gentle, but steady, climb to the small pond at 5,200’, where the first patches of snow appeared.

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I continued on the 771, encountering a few more patches of snow, until the point (at about 5,500’) where it makes a hard right turn and contours S to the Sandy River Canyon viewpoint. I’d get there eventually, but first I turned left and headed due E straight up the ridge toward the high campsites at 6,285’. There was really no significant snow – except in a few shaded areas and defiles – until about 6,000’. Up to just below the high campsites, this hike is mostly in the trees, with limited views,

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which is why the HUGE view of Hood you get when you finally crest the ridge is so stunning.

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Once on the ridge, it was an easy snow walk around to one of the high campsites (in the trees in the foreground),

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which, despite the heavy snow all around, were pretty snow-free.

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I was alone up here and, judging from the absence of tracks, there hadn’t been any other human visitors recently either. I settled in for a warm, sunny, wind-free lunch, with one of the most expansive views around. 1: Buck Peak, 2: Table Mountain, 3: Lost Lake, 4: Greenleaf Mountain, 5: St. Helens, 6: Indian Mountain, 7: Chinidere Mountain, 8: Tomlike Mountain(?), 9: Greenpoint Mountain, 10: Mt. Rainier, 11: Defiance. Wow!

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All too soon, it was time to head down to the Sandy overlook and the 771, following a route

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I’d taken last summer past a small pond below the campsites –then

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and now.

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During the descent, I got a good view of Jefferson,

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before intersecting the 771 about ¼ mi W of the viewpoint. From there, a good use trail (arrow) works its way back up to the high campsites but when there’s snow above 5,500’-6,000’, it’s just as easy to go straight up from further W on the 771 (or go directly up the ridge like I did). I also think a lot of folks who just follow the 771 miss an opportunity to go higher and see more. :(

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That said, the views from here of the Sandy River Canyon

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and of the Reid Glacier

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are jaw-dropping. Put this together with a visit to the high campsites and have your quota of views filled for a long time. Reluctantly, I turned away from all this and headed back to the TH. Passed two people coming up the 771, two on the Ramona Falls trail (#797), and one (!) on the 770 to the TH - that was the “crowd” for the day. Classic hike, brilliant day, magnificent scenery. :D :D (17 mi RT, 3,800’ EG).

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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by vibramhead » October 19th, 2013, 7:14 am

Another spectacular TR from VM!
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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by Rabid Swan » October 19th, 2013, 7:20 am

Stunning photos VanMarmot. I've been waiting for someone to get some shots from Yocum since the recent snowfall. :) Your pond photo looks like it's two shots from fall and winter stitched together. Very cool!

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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by Waffle Stomper » October 19th, 2013, 7:51 am

Wonderful. I especially love the seventh photo with the gnarly trees.
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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by Sean Thomas » October 19th, 2013, 2:43 pm

Great closeups of the mountain, VM. That picture with the labels from your lunch spot is awesome, I always appreciate those.

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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by Thunder Thigh 3 » October 19th, 2013, 3:38 pm

Wow, great photos! Thanks for posting! Your mountain id photo had me feeling like I was there, and some of the close-ups had me thinking I could feel the cool air blowing on my face. Great narrative, too! I love it up there, but haven't been up again in a couple years. I need to get back!

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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by Bosterson » October 19th, 2013, 5:01 pm

So those were your tracks we saw today! :D
Will hike off trail for fun.

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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by retired jerry » October 19th, 2013, 5:09 pm

Nice!

Coyote tracks?

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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by Peder » October 19th, 2013, 8:32 pm

I like your idea of leaving the trail and following the ridge up for the last bit. I have logged that and you "shortcut" down as waypoints on my GPS, so I will do something new next time I visit. Mt Hood sure looks gorgeous in your pictures!

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Re: Yocum Ridge (Almost Like Summer!) 18-Oct-2013

Post by Born2BBrad » October 20th, 2013, 4:04 pm

Great TR VM!

Guy, Bosterson and I did almost the exact same route the following day - even the shortcut.

Now I don't have to write a TR. I can just point people here and say, "This is what I did!"

I will add a couple of pictures, only because I am playing around with the MS ICE photo software:

View from the south viewpoint:
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View from the north viewpoint:
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Hike on,
Brad
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