Polallie Ridge via Tired Creek

I drove up Road 45 toward Cooper Lake, the road was covered in snow and had been taken over by snowmobilers. I was conspicuous in my Subaru among all the snowmobiles and trucks with trailers. I turned off onto road 4616 and parked where trail 1311 crosses the road.

I had planned to take trail 1323 past Cooper Lake, but Road 4615 looked easier to follow so I just hiked up the road. Tired Creek woke me up after plodding on the road for an hour, the creek was icy, larger than I expected, and had no bridge. I found a decent crossing upstream from the road.

I hit the Tired Creek Trail immediately after crossing the creek. The trail was snow-covered but easy to follow. There were a few peek-a-boo views on the way up, but it was mostly hiking through woods. The views got great shortly before the lookout site.

I set up camp at the Polallie Ridge lookout site, point 5482 on the north end of the ridge. What a great place to camp, from my bivy spot I had a rare, sweeping view of Three Queens, Four Brothers, Chikamin Peak, Lemah Mountain, Chimney Rock, Summit Chief, Bears Breast, Mount Hinman, Mount Daniel, and many Teanaway peaks in the distance with Mount Stuart rising above them.

In the morning I snowshoed to the northern-most of Polallie Ridge's two summits. A pleasant ridge walk, but the views at the lookout site were the best.

Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.