Sleeping Beauty

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Sleeping Beauty

Post by drm » July 9th, 2014, 7:20 am

Sleeping Beauty is a ridge, vaguely shaped as it is named from certain viewing directions. It was the home to a fire lookout once and is now home to one of the most impressive views of the west side of Mt Adams. It is also a short and remote hike. It is 1.5 miles one way and gains 1500 feet, and there are no other hiking trails anywhere near it.

So I don't get out there all that often. To make it more worth the time this trip, I took my backpacking cooking kit to have dinner up there.

Peaks at Mt Adams on the winding approach drive
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The first mile of the hike is steep trail in the forest
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After brief flatness on the shoulder, you go round back (the north side) and soon see signs of the summit rocks
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The last couple hundred feet have some impressive trail construction
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Site of the lookout - I camped here once to get out of a heat wave
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It was quite windy on top but the MAÎTRE D' ended up getting me a great seat
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With a view of course - take your choice of the horizontal:
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or the vertical
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There were two other cars at the trailhead, and I saw them coming down soon after I started up. I was at the top from about 6pm - 7pm and nobody else was up there then.

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Re: Sleeping Beauty

Post by Waffle Stomper » July 9th, 2014, 7:38 am

Looks like you were given the best seat in the house.

I've wondered about sleeping beauty. Perhaps in this picture you can see the "beauty."

ImageSleeping Beauty in Dreamland by Janice L, on Flickr
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Re: Sleeping Beauty

Post by Peder » July 9th, 2014, 10:11 am

Waffle Stomper wrote:Looks like you were given the best seat in the house.
Dean knows how to to do things, the rest of us are bumbling idiots! No bad feelings, but drm just knows how to do fantastic hikes to places the rest of us do not even bother to visit! :(
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Re: Sleeping Beauty

Post by Rustygoat » July 10th, 2014, 12:11 pm

It's nice to see a TR of this place. I loved doing this hike with my kids when they were younger. Not a major mile maker but my kids felt like they had just scaled Mt. Everest when they reached the top. Superb views too! :D Nice pictures DRM, thank you for sharing! :)


Great capture Waffle Stomper!
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ImageSleeping Beauty in Dreamland by Janice L, on Flickr
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Re: Sleeping Beauty

Post by Waffle Stomper » July 10th, 2014, 2:22 pm

Thanks, Tim.
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Re: Sleeping Beauty

Post by CuriousGorgeGuide » July 11th, 2014, 9:43 am

Dean, I hoped that you might know the story of the wee gravestone for a turtle that is installed atop Sleeping Beauty. It's a mystery to me, but I love getting up there and hanging out with the spirit of long-departed "Tuter the Turtle" for a bit.
Roughly 46.093517° -121.648923° my pix are on GoogEarth.

You're the man Dean, keep it up! cheers, scott

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