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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-19-2017, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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On the way back from our trip the day prior up at Linus and Peak 8700 we were trying to come up with somewhat of a smaller trip to do the next day. Once again Clubtread came in handy and seeing the report that the road and trails up both peaks had been cleared we decided to head East.


On the drive out the weather looked pretty crappy, the forecast was calling for clearing in the afternoon so we went to the Hope McDonalds to eat and read the paper and kill some time. That got boring pretty fast so we decided start driving. The road to the trail head took about 45mins up, and 30 minutes down. Stock Toyota 4x4 had no issues.

I don't like hiking on a time frame but I had to be back in Richmond for 7pm for a baseball game, we started up Wells Peak first at 9:30am. The alder was all cut back, and the trail was well defined which made for quick travel.



Once in the alpine we couldn't see much and there wasn't much of a trail left. We actually ended up taking a super direct line to the summit when the actual trail trends more left. This meant a decent little scramble to gain the ridge just below the summit.




Once we hit the ridge we were pleasantly surprised with some sun and blue sky, and the odd view. We topped out 1hr 10min after we started.




Not much to say on the way down, but back in the clouds the gps came in handy to regain the trail. Once back at the car we had a quick 5 minute water and food break, and then started up Hope Mountain at just after 12.


This trail is much more easy to follow, it's longer and has some ups and downs.


The clouds were not looking too friendly and showed no signs of clearing.



With a pretty quick pace we got to the summit 1hr 25min from the trailhead. Wells had cell service and views, Hope had no cell service and no views.



I was alittle bummed about not getting a view of the town of Hope, but at least on the way down it cleared up for 5 minutes to see the Hwy 5 interchange and a look back at our mountain.



Total trip time was 6hrs, I celebrated with the usual Budweiser beers and Steve had his Starbucks Mocha drink from the gas station. It was like Deja Vu from the previous day.
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Too bad about the clouds but it still beats working. Well's peak trail was bushed in badly when I was there so passed on it and went for a sunny trip up Hope, great views straight down into the valley. The peak and many others in our area could do without the ugly green repeaters, maybe advances in technology will one day allow them to be removed. A big thanks to the folks who worked on the trails.
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Thanks Spectrum for the report, and your pictures show what to expect.

And a big thank you to the good people who cleared the trails; look forward to doing this one later on this summer.

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Those are some fast times, just like at Ridgemount High. Seriously, if I was giving advice on what to expect, I'd say 2.5 for Wells and at least 3 for Hope.


Not to go off topic, but since you were one of the last guys to post on Silver Peak, do you remember just how bad that road was for hiking?
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Those are some fast times, just like at Ridgemount High. Seriously, if I was giving advice on what to expect, I'd say 2.5 for Wells and at least 3 for Hope.


Not to go off topic, but since you were one of the last guys to post on Silver Peak, do you remember just how bad that road was for hiking?

Well you can drive 1km up the road with a HC vehicle and stop at on obvious creek washout. Other than that the road is easily walked and wide open with a couple blow downs lower down.
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