Rock Mountain via Snowy Creek

Trailhead starts at ~3500 FASL.  Summit at ~6800 FASL.

 

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PICT1118: At ~5500 FASL, looking down at a grassy meadow we passed through on the way up.

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PICT1120: Someone is camping down there.

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PICT1122: Some purple lupines just before reaching the ridge.

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PICT1124: At Nason Ridge, a sign.

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PICT1125: Harley pearing over a cliff.

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PICT1131: At the top!  Looking North at Glacier Peak.

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PICT1132: NorthEast towards Mount Howard.

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PICT1133: Looking East.

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PICT1134: SouthEast.

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PICT1135: South

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PICT1136: SouthWest

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PICT1137: West

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PICT1138: West

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PICT1139: NorthWest

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PICT1140: Closeup on Glacier Peak

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PICT1141: Another closeup of Glacier Peak.

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PICT1142: Mount Howard.

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PICT1145: Nason Ridge

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PICT1146: Mount Stuart

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PICT1148: Kyes Peak / Monte Cristo

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PICT1149: Sloan Peak

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PICT1151: Mountains, Moon, and Bird.

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PICT1153: Harley at the Top!

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PICT1155: Rock Lake from Rock Mountain summit.

Not satisfied with only 9 miles and 3800 vertical gain/loss for the day, we decided to trek down to Rock Lake on the other side of the mountain.  This meant descending and ascending an additional 1000 vertical feet...putting our total gain/loss for the day near 5000 vertical feet.  At least the dogs will be tired for the next several days!

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PICT1156: Blue things.

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PICT1157: Looking down at the other Rock Mountain trail (from US2).

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PICT1158: Looking up at Rock Mountain from the East.

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PICT1161: Late August snow!  Woohoo!

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PICT1162: Rock Lake.

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PICT1163: The dogs cooling off in the lake.

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PICT1165: Beaver Buddy.

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PICT1168: Red things.

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PICT1171: Neat looking rock.

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PICT1172: Monte Cristo peaks and Sloan Peak from the trail.

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PICT1173: Pink things.

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PICT1174: Ditto