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Default Mt. Crickmer May 01/20 - from the main road

On a promising mostly sunny day, 3 companions and did the long walk to Mt. Crickmer. went almost the whole way from the main gate. However we called it a day at the subsummit , about 400 meters away from the summit before turning back. Deep snow, lack of crampons, and great view from the subpeak supported our decision to return, was a beautiful day. Hike and snowshoeing over 20 km combined we completed in about 8 to 8-1/2 hours including a few breaks plus lunch. Elevation gain was about 1100 + meters. The final 1/2 hour was spent struggling with snowshoes up a 70 - 80% slope, to get to the subsummit, on our return we donned microspikes and made it all the way back without putting the snowshoes back on. Note snow started right after crossing that old wooden bridge, we donned snowshoes within 5 minutes of starting up.

MAPS (From Alltrals) closeup of the end shows in partial yellow, the part of the route we did not continue on, the fully red is what we covered:

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location regards Stave Lake
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The last bit not done.
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Off Main Road, gate access.
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views along the way
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the old wooden bridge....
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heavy snow on deactivated road, our trail

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Headin up the steep slope... trick not slide back on softening snow in warmth.
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Approach Sub-summit and lunch place, turn arund point


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Crickmer Summit to north
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..ready to head down.....
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views along the way our return....
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The final 1/2 hour was spent struggling with snowshoes up a 70 - 80% slope

What is 70 - 80% slope? 70 - 80 degree slope would be near vertical.
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What is 70 - 80% slope? 70 - 80 degree slope would be near vertical.
Hi Zeljkok.. 90 ' degrees = is vertical

45 ' degrees = 100% slope; so 70 - 80 % is close to 35 - 40 ' degrees slope.

Snow had a soft overcoat on top of hard.... soften up in a few hours to make microspikes on boots for heel kicking workable.



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Last year on May 11 we hiked here, and had to go quite a ways after the bridge til we saw snow. Looks like more snow this year. Apparently you can get a key to the gate, which we did not know about. Although I guess the logistics of getting a key these days would be quite complicated vs. normal times. Thanks for the report!
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Hi Zeljkok.. 90 ' degrees = is vertical

45 ' degrees = 100% slope; so 70 - 80 % is close to 35 - 40 ' degrees slope.

Snow had a soft overcoat on top of hard.... soften up in a few hours to make microspikes on boots for heel kicking workable.



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Great TR. Will be heading out here next and will also qualify for a check on my 103 Hikes in SWBC list!

I’ve heard that the offshoot trail on your right as you ascend ends up in a nice spot for camping. Have you ever explored that?
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Great TR. Will be heading out here next and will also qualify for a check on my 103 Hikes in SWBC list!

Iíve heard that the offshoot trail on your right as you ascend ends up in a nice spot for camping. Have you ever explored that?
Hi Spacemonkey... all the other offshoots from trail (on road) are other spur roads... which I have not checked out. Old abandoned FSR's, could provide a nice level bed in places to establish an overnight spot to lay out your tent and things.

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