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View from top of Harrison Peak worth the slog

Climber Bryson Williams of Spokane enjoys the view from the top of Harrison Peak looking south along the Selkirk Crest on June 11, 2017.
 (Benjamin Read)
Climber Bryson Williams of Spokane enjoys the view from the top of Harrison Peak looking south along the Selkirk Crest on June 11, 2017. (Benjamin Read)

CLIMBING -- The Selkirk Mountains in Idaho continue to open their arms to adventurers willing to tough out spring transition conditions in the high country.

On Sunday, Bryson Williams of Spokane and North Idaho resident Benjamin Read boot-slogged with ropes and other climbing gear four miles into the base of Harrison Peak and rock climbed the Regular Route, rated 5.7, to the summit of the granite overhang.

They were able to drive the Pack River Road to within about a mile of the summer trailhead to Harrison Lake, which means the road is open to the trailheads for Chimney Rock and Beehive Lakes, where a Sandpoint-area group hiked in Saturday for boot and butt sliding on the slopes.

The snow was firm enough for boot hiking and too patchy for using snowshoes for the approach to Harrison, Read said. However, the snow is pretty deep and skiable above 5,800 feet, he noted.

Harrison Lake is still completely covered with ice and snow.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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