Serendipity Peak to Patterson's Peak | 2010.07.10
Above stats are for only to Serendipity Peak. The stats for the entire trip please see page 17.
Despite of thunderstorm forecast through out the day, my usual scramble buddies + Ben decided to go for it. We parked our car at an opening on side of highway about 700 m south of Lineham Creek Parking.
From the parking, we bushwhacked immediately. For most of the way, there was no trail to follow and being in bush and little hills to go round, navigating to the correct direction was bit challenging. Thanks to Bob Spirko’s GPS track, without it we could have been lost… (his tracks are always the best not like my crappy routes!!) Another thanks to him, there were also many ups and downs but it seemed his GPS track led us to the route with the least elevation loss. Around GR614914 finally we found a well established trail and we followed it until start of another downhill. The trail disappeared but there was an animal trail on the bushy downhill, we followed it and passed a pretty glassy hill (page 3) which led to the ascent ridge. The ridge had nice solid rocks to scramble.
From Serendipity Peak to Patterson’s Peak, the best way is to get down from the summit and aim the col between the 2 peaks (around GR635934). You have to traverse a long sidehill in order to do it. My GPS track stays on the ridge between Serendipity and Lineham Creek Peaks’s 4th Peak, because I tired to summit it. I didn’t know it was Lineham Creek Peaks while I was scrambling uhgggg (-_-;). The route was simple; there was a sub peak between which we went around. Other than that it was hike all the way up except for few spots.
We didn’t like the ascent route, so we decided to go different way. I won’t mention it here because it was longer bushwhacking and I am not sure if it was better… I think it was worse. It’s all Ben’s fault!!
* Grid References (GR) is based on WGS84 which can be considered as NAD83 (The difference is inciginificant)