Note: no water at all on the ridges.I parked at the Hex Mountain trailhead (#1340.1) on Corral Creek Road and hiked east on Corral Creek Road and then Road 113 to the Yellow Hill trailhead, my car couldn't have handled Road 113 but it's good mountain bike material. I turned onto the road that leads to the trail to Yellow Hill, pretty uninspiring stuff here, it's a steep trail heavily traveled by dirt bikes. After passing Elbow Peak I noticed point 5920+ and decided to take a short detour and check out the summit. It was a walk-up to a nice, rocky summit with loads of exposure on the east side, when I got home I discovered that it is unofficially named "Humerus Hill". When I arrived at the summit of Jolly Mountain, I found two mountain bikers there before me, the first people I had seen all day. The summit of Jolly Mountain has a nice half-circle rock wall that breaks the wind nicely, I bivvyed here. It was a great summit to sleep on, the full moon was out so whenever I awoke at night I could stand up and have 360 degree views of the surrounding peaks, which included the Stuart Range, Hawkins Mountain, Daniel, Mount Hinman, Bears Breast Mount, Chimney Rocks, Rainier, and many local peaks.The next day I enjoyed the hike from Jolly to Sasse Mountain, much of the time I had nice views of the impressive peaks to the NW. Sasse Mountain was a disappointment, it was treed in with a campfire circle on the summit. But Hex Mountain and high points south of Sasse were gratifying and provided me with many stops for snacks and views. Trail 1340.1 down from Hex Mountain was a bit of a mess, motorcycles have chewed it up a bit.
|Date: 2005/09/17 to 2005/09/18
Trip type: hike
Elevation gain: approx. 3,525 feet
Round-trip distance: approx. 32 miles
USGS quads: Cle Elum Lake, Davis Peak, Teanaway Butte
In: Teanaway, Cle Elum River Area
Car-to-car time: 2 days