Mount Dickerman (Nov 11, 2018)

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mt_dickerman_coverConditions: day hike
Gear: microspikes
Map: USGS Bedal
Area: Mountain Loop Highway
Reference: 100 Hikes in Washington's Glacier Peak Region: The North Cascades
Stats: 8.19mi, 3878' gain (round trip)

Time to get out for a bigger hike. Steve was stumped on ideas. I wasn't too keen to drive far and when I suggested Mt Dickerman he was game. It's been a few years since I've been up there. I figured with the great weather forecast the views would be outstanding. I wasn't wrong.

We figured on an early start so that we weren't rushed to get down. Our 10am start wasn't as early as I hoped but it all worked out in the end.

We arrived at the trailhead (elev 1904') and it was near full. That wasn't a surprise. The trail starts out in tall trees and climbs steadily uphill. At about .5mi (2271') we reached where the old trail (from the older / smaller trailhead parking area) joins up with the trail. Still in trees and still consistently heading up  we reached the creek crossing at about 2.5mi (4238'). The creek crossing looks pretty tame when it is melted out. It is very different when it is full on snow scramble conditions.

After the creek crossing the trail opens up into some upper meadows. This middle section of the trail is a bit flatter, a nice rest for the steeper sections higher up. At about 3.25mi (4769') we reached the "ridge", its the bottom of the upper switchbacks and for a short time the trail follows the ridge very closely allowing views down the steep north face. After several more switchbacks we reached the summit at 4.33mi (5723'). It was busy lots of other hikers, but I wouldn't call it crowded. Lots and lots of big views (Big4, Sperry, Vesper, Morningstar, Glacier, Spring, Mt Baker...and even a distant Mt Rainier).

Spotty snow started a bit before the creek crossing. It is consistent in the meadow area. Today there was a good well trod boot path to the top but who knows how long that will last once more consistent snowfall arrives.
Mt Dickerman Slideshow


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