|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Deadwater Ridge - North Peak, Whipple Ridge, Cedar Mountain, Diamond Pond Peak, NH|
||Diamond Pond Road, Roy Road, Old Corridor 5, Corridor 5, Corridor 131, bushwhacks|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, January 11, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||we parked at the coleman state park headquarters which was unplowed early, but cleared by the end of the day as was the larger nearby parking lot. we had intended to park at the diamond pond boat launch, but it was heavily drifted in so we passed. may have been plowed since. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
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|Lost and Found:
||diamond pond and roy roads plowed and somewhat icy. just enough cover today to wear snowshoes. not knowing corridor 5 had been partially relocated we had to break out the old section along the east side of north deadwater. probably a foot of snow on average over a base with deeper drifts. we then took 5 and 131 to a likely spot to bushwhack up north deadwater ridge. some deep pockets of snow and heavy drifts up to the recognized highpoint. tracks down then on to whipple ridge leaving 131 at another likely spot. a bit of spruce in the sag, but once headed up whipple proper we had open woods and continued sporting trail breaking to the recognized highpoint. heading east of whipple ridge we took some advantage of old skid roads and open woods down to 131 which we used to cross cedar stream on a bridge. we then took a bearing a bit south of the summit of cedar and headed up using old skid roads and what may have been an old snomo trail most of the way to the ridge. we then turned north and made our way up to the recognized highpoint. we didn't have a solid plan for how we were getting back out, but decided to drop back a bit in our tracks then head east to pick up snomo corridor. we realized a bit too late that we had actually come up a minor sw ridge and would have to reclimb to go east so instead opted to head south and join corridor 5 after squeezing between the south ridge of cedar and east ridge of south ridge. lots of snow in this area along with a few stretches of challenging woods made the return a bit difficult. once we finally reached corridor 5 we back tracked to the junction of roy and diamond pond roads and made the short bushwhack to the recognized summit of diamond pond peak. from there we dropped back to diamond pond road and walked out the car. |
nice day overall though very cold especially with the wind which was enough to make things uncomfortable at times. good route to pick up a few winter peaks in one trip.
||bryan, zporterColdRiverCampCook |
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