|Four Point Lake at 6,900' was just starting to melt out. The Peak to the right is Remmel Mountain. This was the first time we saw it, after we turned around at 7,500'.||
Remmel Mountain 8,685'
| Remmel Mountain is deep in the heart of the
Pasayten Wilderness, within sight of the Canada. It is not difficult
technically, but does require a 15 mile approach.
The Trailhead is the Chewuch River Trail, at the very end of the West Chewuch River Road, 30 miles North of Winthrop. The Chewach River Road ends at the former 30 Mile Campground, which was burned out in 2001 by a careless camper. The Trailhead has been rehabilitated and there is a new bridge over the river, but the campground is being reclaimed by nature.
Florence and Michael Sheehan, and Doerte and Mike Mahanay started out a 9 am. walking through the burned area. There is lots of ground cover returning, as well as aspen trees up to 3' tall.
Doerte, in the lead, saw a beautiful brown bear after 2 miles. He appeared to be a 2-3 year old teenager. The young bear ran away as soon as he noticed our excitement.
The trail is in excellent condition, with only a few down trees across the trail.
Goldman crossed the River at 4,400' to go in via the Fire Creek Trail , and Coleman Ridge, but this is not an early summer alternative. The Chewuch River was just flowing to high and fast to even consider any wading.
We continued to hike to just a camp at 12 miles, just before the junction with 4 Point Creek. We set up a nice camp at about 5,500', but retired early. We awoke to rain and then snow.
Goldman mentioned a bridge across the River, but there was no sign of one. At this point we did wade the icy Chewuch River. We used wading socks. Here the trail quickly gained elevation to Four Point Lake, 7,120', a beautiful area with larches. The lake was just beginning to ice out. It must be a wonderful summer camp. We continued through the snow into the upper basin.
At 7,600' in the fog and snow we could no longer tell exactly where the route went. We hunkered down for a while hoping the weather would abate, but it did not. (At least until we had turned around and were well below) Regretfully, but wisely, we decided to save Remmel Mountain for a better day.
A beautiful, seldom visited by either hikers or climbers. Horses parties do frequent the lower trails. The Chewuch River, will eventually take climbers to Cathedral Peak in another day.
We had a wonderful wilderness trip, despite the bad weather on the mountain. We were the first ones in this season, and we saw no one else except near the Trailhead.
3 days, 30 miles, 4,400', elevation gain.
For more info on the tragic 30 mile fire:
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