Saturday, November 21, 2015

Miller Peak loop, Teanaway

Miller Peak (6402') sits on the eastern end of the Teanaway, opposite last weekend's trip.

Gavin and I headed up the Miller Peak trail a few hundred yards and then cut straight up to the ridge west of Miller Creek. Our intended route was to traverse that ridge all the way out to County Line ridge and Freedom Peak before traversing back east along County Line to Miller Peak, descending the Miller Peak trail. We traversed a good many bumps, skirted some rocks but eventually cliffed out before Freedom Peak and didn't want to backtrack, drop and traverse to go around, so we headed off toward Miller Peak (which still looked sufficiently far away).

Relevant conditions:
  • We used snowshoes for everything above 5700' and kept them on until probably 4500' on the way down
  • Approximately 10 blowdowns on the Miller Peak trail, a few requiring detours around through brush and a couple duck-unders
  • Starting temperate was 18F; 23F when we finished, though "warm" on the ridges in the sun 

Reaching the ridge proper, above Miller Creek on the west
Traversing the ridge north toward County Line
Traversing to County Line; Gavin's photo
With Rainier, Earl and Stuart
Mt. Stuart and Sherpa Peak

Bobcat tracks
Traversing to County Line; Gavin's photo
On the ridge toward Freedom Peak before turning back; Miller Peak at left
Where we turned around on the ridge to Freedom
Traversing County Line ridge toward Miller Peak
Traversing toward Miller
County Line ridge to Miller Peak
County Line ridge to Miller; Gavin's photo
Miller Peak summit we-fie; Gavin's photo
Thanks Mike and Jared for taking our picture; Miller Peak summit
Descending Miller Peak
Stream fords in 23F air temp...


  1. Snowshoe hare tracks! They push off with their hind feet, then land with their front two feet in line - the hind feet "overtake" the front feet.
    This video illustrates their gait pretty well (poor bunny):

    1. We saw a lot of hare tracks as well, these are very different. Sir Hikes sent me a similar photo from AZ and they match what we thought: bobcat.

    2. Now I don't know; we saw lots of hare tracks and these were different, front were not longer like the other ones we saw, no tail/butt prints like the other ones. Hhhmmmm

  2. Yeah, I see what you mean re: the front prints... But the pattern of the prints looks so rabbit-like.
    Maybe a snowshoe hare running at a very fast pace? Or a different species of hare - e.g., a jackrabbit? (Rare in that area, but possible... I think)
    Or a jackabob? ;)