Route Climbed: Trail #117 Date Climbed: July 25, 2003
On a day when the temperatures were hitting well over 100 in the Colville area, I decided to try and cool off by going after this peak. I had already spent the morning on Copper Butte in Ferry county so it was well after lunch before I hit the road towards Abercrombie.
Unfortunately, it didn't cool off very much even higher up but the breeze at the summit was great. It is a great hike to the summit and the views are expansive in all directions. The Kettle range is visible to the west, Canada to the north and Gypsy Peak to the east.
I was hurrying down from the summit when I hit a spot on the trail where my boot print was covered over by a huge track. On close examination, I realized it was a grizzly and not a black bear that had been very recently in this area. The tracks continued on across the trail and up the hill towards the summit area and the time elapsed from going up to the summit from this spot on the trail and coming back down was about an hour and ten minutes. Why didn't I pull out my camera and take a picture? It was in my day pack but I must admit to being spooked and since it was after 5:30 p.m. I was in a hurry to get back to my car. I must tell you that this gave me a good adrenaline rush and made the hair on my neck stand up. It wasn't ten minutes later that I met a solitary hiker heading up the trail with the intent of going to the summit. He was carrying one those huge tri-pods for a sunset effort he planned to make. Strapped to his hip was a large magnum revolver which he looked very comfortable carrying. When I asked him about the heat he was packing he just looked at me and said " Hey man, don't you know, this is grizzly country" Suspicions confirmed by a photographer named "Clinton" who wasn't swayed by my grizzly track story. Maybe he got some good pics of a large bruin from the summit of Abercrombie Mtn.