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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Default Map Error: Willmore Wilderness: Persimmon Range

Topo maps show a trail running over the Persimmon Range from a fork of the Berland.

This trail does not exist.

It terminates in the bowl below the ridge. It's fairly easy to scramble up from the Berland side -- just scree, with enough plants to keep it mostly still.

The trick is on the Indian Trail/Mountain Trail side. If you follow the trail as indicated on the map, I think you will find yourself perched. The contour lines average considerably steeper than the angle of repose, which usually means they are interrupted by cliffs.

Instead run the contour more or less east, descending as you can. After about 2-3 km you will find yourself on a steep grassy slope that can be descended safely.

Do NOT be tempted to take any of the water channels down. These have abrupt drops scattered along their length.

Someday, I'll write up the story of how I found this out.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2020, 01:55 PM
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An old thread to be sure, but I see that SGBotsford has posted this spring...

It sounds like you thought this was a manageable scramble, except that a different route from the one shown on the topo map was required.

I was looking at approaches to Willmore that don't require a dangerous ford during this period of very high water. It looks like there's a pretty direct route up from the highway up the Berland to Summit (Mile 58) Cabin by going up the South Berland and over the Persimmon range.

The catch on some of these horse-cleared routes is that they crisscross rivers and stream with abandon, something that's a hassle for hikers. If the trail were uncomplicated, it seems that the cabin could be reached in two good days.

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