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Bear Creek Mountain #1130.1

Jul 18, 2005

by Pete Chrisbacher last modified Sep 10, 2008 02:57 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Bear Creek Mountain
Region: South Cascades -- White Pass / Cowlitz River Valley
Agency: Wentachee National Forest, Naches Ranger District
Trails: Bear Creek Mountain (#1130)
Avg Rating: 3.22

I hiked from Section 3 Lake at the trail 1129 trailhead to trail 1130 then 1130A to the Bear Creek Mountain lookout.

The road to the trailhead was bumpy but manageable even in my plain old 2wd car. No major mud to speak of, but I had to take it slow and pick my route to avoid bottoming out.

Monday afternoon is aparently not an overly popular day for this area - mine was the only car at the trailhead and I did not see another hiker. A ranger drove through while I was waiting for the sun to drop in the sky a bit before heading out.

The mostly flat hike to the intersection with trail 1130A was uneventful. I crossed 9 flowing ""streams"" or seeps along the route - the first 3 were flowing well enough to collect/filter water, as were the last two (closest to Bear Creek Mountain). The ones in the middle were questionable at best. The stream closest to Bear Creek Mountain which was flowing reasonably well and from which I collected water is just 10 minutes north of the trail 1130/1130A intersection. There was no water at all on trail 1130A, so filter before you start climbing. There was also very little snow anywhere in the area - I suspect this will lead to very dry conditions in the not too distant future.

The view from the top was phenomenal, and the Cascadians had left a cache/log at the lookout in early July that was just beginning to get filled out. Bugs were non-existent. Sunset and sunrise were breathtaking, as was the view of the night sky and milky way at 3 AM. If you stick around for the night view, dress warm :-)

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