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Silly Sitton Scramble

Peak Summited2020 Sitton Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadBear Canyon TH
EncounteredFall foliage
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

I always enjoy the last 1/4 mile scramble to Sitton Peak! In fact, this scramble is why I now prefer collapsing trekking poles over folding poles, because multi-section collapsing poles have a wider adjustment range. I like them short for going up Sitton and long for the return. (Too bad, my foldings are my most expensive: BD carbons.)

After about two miles from the TH the trail forks and you have two options, stay on Bear Canyon Trail or take Bear Ridge Trail, but both meet up again at Four Corners before continuing to Sitton Peak. Bear Canyon is shorter and shady, but anytime beyond early morning you'll have to deal with flying bugs. Bear Ridge is the nicer trail, and is more exposed meaning fewer bugs. But you can take one up and the other down.

Although marked, the final trail to Sitton Peak is easy to miss if you are not paying attention because it's a skinny trail off to the right. When you see the large metal water trough in a clearing to the left (about 10′ by 10′) the final turn is about 100 steps away. People on the sites have commented on walking right on by. And on my previous hike I met several Thai students and their hosts at the TH (I got to practice my Thai a little) and later the hosts saw me descending the peak and asked if I saw their colleagues. Uh, no, I was the only one at the peak. But I had an idea where they went, and fortunately that intersection was near us and I asked the hosts to run down the other path. I waited long enough to hear Thai voices returning again, then continued on my way down.

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