1580 ft gain
1807 ft max
gpx track, use at your own risk: Stew 1.3.17
So much snow, beautiful beautiful snow…and me with no snowshoes. Sad. But I really wanted to get out and walk in it so I thought I would try to get up to Big Foot Hill, a knob/ summit on the Stewart Range. Stewart, it’s a range, not a mountain. I have been up here a few times before from both the west side of Stewart and the east. Today because I knew there would be snow I came from the east. This entrance is outside of Van Zandt off of Potter Road. I parked at the gate, N48 46.932 W122 13.158, and headed on up.
This walk is entirely on a logging access road. The views get better and better as you go up. For the first mile I was following in someones snowshoe track which made it easy going up but they stopped at about a mile up so from there I was breaking trail. A truck had driven up a few snows ago so it was only about 6 – 8 inches deep in the ruts, less than the 1 to 1.5 ft in between the ruts.
Up, up, up I went for about a mile past where the snowshoes stopped with the snow getting deeper and deeper as I went until it was about 1 ft deep even in the ruts. This is where I decided it time to turn around since I was shoe-less.
The views from here, just two miles up the road, are fantastic. I love when I can see the venting on Baker. My only company up here were several eagles flying the air flows. It was a great walk, just what I needed.