Hey Dean, I was wondering when you were going to put up a page for Purcell.
You say something about a shortcut route not being a desirable route to access the peak. I'm not sure why it would not be desirable. It took me something like 45 minutes from here where the road is bermed (parking). I walked the reasonable road to here (20 minutes) then went up the rock slide/grass area visible on the map and in the signature shot (my shot from Whalehead Ridge) to meet the trail (35 minutes), then 10 more minutes up the trail to the top. Total gain = ~1000 ft. Total distance = 1-1.4 miles. Difficulty = Class 2 (in the rock slide area). The route up from Davis Creek is twice as long with twice as much gain and with no views. The road walk on the west side provides excellent views.
Also, a link you might like to show: http://www.nwhiker.com/GPNFHike06.html.
The road up was blocked by a huge log and so we couldn't go up the shortcut way. The ranger back at Randle had said they might not get the road cleared for another month or so it wasn't available to us. I need to correct the "not desirable" aspect and if you'd like to, you could put up the route you went in on. That'd help this page. Also any pics you have would be a plus since we did a lot of our hike in the rain.
P.S. check out my corrected "short cut" commentary, it is a lot clearer. Thanks for the Trail link, that is a neat resource.
This looks like the move in the Steve Martin pic from 1987
A nice page Dean. I especially like the Davis waterfall, quite pleasant looking.
I haven't look at the map at all or the page in detail but would a snowshoe option, either directly or using the road be feasible?
The mountain's got my last name...
I knew it had a familiar ring to it. Probably named after one of your relatives, Sir Cedric Purcell who singlehandedly brought Starbucks coffee to the locals. Hey, Courtney, you now must put this one on your "VIP" list. : )