Peak 8256

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A fun afternoon hike, Peak 8256 offers amazing views.

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I had been staring at the computer screen all day, but peeking sideways out the window at the amazing June weather. After a week of steady rain, today was 68°, sunny, and a light breeze. When I was dismissed from my conference call, I sprinted out the door for the truck.

However, I had forgotten that they are rebuilding the road to Brundage, so we had to wait half an hour for road construction. We took the opportunity for a short walk while we waited. 45 minutes later, we were parked with our peak peeking over the wooded ridge.

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The 'trail head' is where an old road used to join the Fisher Creek road at about 7200'. That's the old road, but it has pretty much gone back to nature. But it still allows easy walking.

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After 10 minutes or so on the old road, there's a better view of our peak.

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The hillside was flowing with water, little rivulets and shallow creeks. But there are plenty of choices for routes offering good, fast progress.

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Like much of the Lick Creek range, this peak offers a false summit that is tricky to get off. I had to backtrack a bit, but the snow near the real summit added some fun.

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And there's the actual top, over there.

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Summit.

It may look a little awkward, because I was standing on a little rock and holding on with one hand. I think I need a smaller hat.

For those paying attention, those are the Bruins behind me.

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This is looking down into Hard Creek basin, with the Grassy Twin basin on the ridge behind. You can see the results of last year's burn.

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This is looking east. A little rock, anyone?

On the horizon you can see lots of peaks, with Paintbrush Peak in the center.

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A little closer, Blacktip Mountain.

You can also see the road down there.

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It was so nice on top, it was hard to leave. But I was starting to take the same pictures twice, and Julie was waiting patiently at the truck. Time to get moving.

I returned down the north ridge, gaining this view of the north side of the peak.

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I mentioned earlier that the hillside I ascended was wet. The wildflowers love it!

This area had just recently lost its snow, so I would expect the wildflowers to be in full action in about two weeks.

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Just north of this peak, this is Ladybug. It's not an official peak, but it sure looks official from the road.

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This is the northern end of Slab Butte, also looking official. The ridge line with Peak 8256 has half a dozen official highpoints, and with the open terrain, it's an open invitation to a long ridgewalk. Who's in?

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Map

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