Overview

Description

On March 16, 2016, Ken Willard and Bryan Whitehead ventured into the woods near Rathdrum. Our main goal was to climb the small mountain on Ken’s family’s property and look around.

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Elevation

Details

Created by: Northwoods63
Distance: 3.5 mi
Ascent: 681 ft
Date: 03/20/2016
Duration: 3 hrs 45 min
Descent: 557 ft
Difficulty: Moderate

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Points of Interest

Seeking to avoid getting bit by Pepper the Dog, we opted to take the long way around to get to the mountain. Here we left the road and headed out across an open field.
A creek flowed between us and our goal. Under normal circumstances it wouldn’t have been much more than a trickle, and we could have crossed it easily. But with the early spring snow melt, it was wide and swift. We chose to follow it and look for an easier crossing.
Cousin Scott’s dog came out to say hello. No trouble.
We went all the way back to the road before we found a good spot to cross.
Entering the woods
Here we left the open fields and entered terrain more like what I expected from TV and movie versions of the Northwest.
At this point our route brought us to the base of the mountain. Though it wasn’t absolutely vertical, it was path-free and extremely steep. I had to pause several times to catch my breath.
At the top
The climb took awhile, but it was worth it. The view was spectacular.
Follwing a trail
At the top we found a deer trail, giving us something to follow through the trees.
Spooky tree
The exposed roots of this wind-felled tree looked like a scary monster.
On the other side of the peak we found a logging road. Or maybe it was just a cut where they slid logs down, as much of it was too steep for driving. Still, it was clearly human-made.
The cut led down to an actual road, which we followed over to a flat spot.
Lunch
We paused in the flat spot to have some lunch. Someone clearly wanted to build a house here, because they drilled for a well.
Rather than descend on the steep side we climbed, we opted to take the longer but smoother road down. We saw what looked like a spring.
Back on the bottom, we prowled around the woods for awhile looking for some basalt rock formations Ken remembered (but which sadly we couldn’t find).
Ken also remembered the fields across the highway, so we strolled around over there for awhile. Not much to photograph (at least not where we were), but it was still nice to get out in the fresh air.
On the way back to the SUV, we ran into Cousin Holly out for a fitness walk.
We ended up where we started, the SUV parked next to Cousin Holly’s house.