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Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Burchey » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:03 pm

Experience with a late winter/early spring approach to Bear Creek Spire?

How far up the road can you typically get with a vehicle before you hit a gate/snow/etc? We're thinking the very end of march, just want to know what we're getting into on the approach.

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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Deb » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:11 pm

You'll get stopped at the Sno-Park for the next couple of months. Just an extra 5 miles to the trip. :) And I'd say post-hole madness over boulders once you pass Gem Lake.
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Burchey » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:10 pm

Thanks Deb, how close to Rock Creek Lake is the Sno Park? Google isn't my friend right now. I figured there will be suffering in the boulders.

Edit: NM, figured it out. It's about halfway between the lake and Tom's Place, it would seem. 10 miles RT addition.
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby ridgeline » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:36 am

I recollect, 1/4 m from Toms to the snowpark, around 7m from there to RCLodge and another mile to RC Lake. Load some sleds and pull them on in, much easier.
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby ridgeline » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:47 pm

I thought the snow park is at the small parking lot you come to 1/4 mile in, where you can get picked up by snow cat to go to rock creek lodge, rock creek resort and pie in the sky is across from Rock Creek Lake. Been to both several times.
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby aran » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:57 pm

Ah, the talus fields below Bear Creek Spire, covered in faint snow... f*cking mind numbing. Still, gorgeous area!
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Daria » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:14 am

Have fun and just go and DO IT

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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby aran » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:36 am

Incredible photos, Daria! Was that recently? Snow looks too heavy for that to have been this season...
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Burchey » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:50 pm

Chief - you take great pictures man, that looks really nice. I'm assuming you're fly fishing in there?
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:04 pm

Spring of '11, Aran.
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Daria » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:17 pm

aran wrote:Incredible photos, Daria! Was that recently? Snow looks too heavy for that to have been this season...


This was in April 2011. We did the NE Ridge.
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Burchey » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:22 pm

Daria wrote:
aran wrote:Incredible photos, Daria! Was that recently? Snow looks too heavy for that to have been this season...


This was in April 2011. We did the NE Ridge.


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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:48 pm

Breathe, babby Burchey, breathe...
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Burchey » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:49 pm

God, I love BABBY
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Re: Bear Creek Spire - Rock Creek Road?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:51 am

Adam, we didn't make it near as far up there as I thought we might. Something to do with fun and sledding...

But this past week's storm only brought a few inches of snow, most of which was redistributed in winds on Saturday. Read: crust over unconsolidated crap, so I would think snow shoes are going to be helpful for getting through the basin to the base of the climb. A few more weeks might help some, but I was postholing up to my thigh around 9500ft (Wait, when am I NOT postholing... hurmmm...)

North arete looked fairly clean from a distance. Forgive me if I wish for a shit-ton of snow in the next few weeks. Mama Moosie wants a decent spring season... ;)

Good luck, AB!

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