Peak(s):  Dicks Peak - 10722
Date Posted:  04/30/2018
Date Climbed:   04/28/2018
Author:  Jon Frohlich
 Sometimes you have to go to Plan D   

It all started with a poor nights sleep. Originally we had planned on climbing a 13er on Saturday. After shutting off the alarm repeatedly we finally struggled awake and decided we needed a new plan. Turns out Paula had a Plan D bookmarked on her phone: Dicks Peak. Where is Dicks Peak you ask? Good question. South of Hartsel near Highway 9 apparently. Frankly that still meant nothing to us. Neither of us knew anything about this area other than the directions on the webpage she had bookmarked. Since we had decided our original plan was too big for us to handle a 10,000 foot peak sounded like just the right size. We packed up the dogs and off we went to venture into the unknown. It was time to find out if Dicks Peak would be fun or if it would come up a bit short.

After you turn off Highway 9 onto Forest Service 108 you are looking for an obvious sign after about 4 miles.

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Well, we're going left obviously....

After about a mile on an unnamed forest service road in the middle of nowhere the directions said to park the car and start hiking east. So we did. We hoped we were up for this. Shortly after starting out we had to go down. I guess it only makes sense that if you're going to climb onto Dicks Peak you need to go down a bit first.

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Starting out from the car with all of the dogs

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Going down

We had to cross a dry creek which proved to be no obstacle. The area was completely dry and the creek wasn't even a little bit moist.

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The dogs are already starting to wonder how many bad jokes we are going to make. Turns out ...all of them.

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Dogs did manage to find some snow to roll in (no bad joke here, just dogs in snow)

This wasn't supposed to be a long hike but it turned out we couldn't see the actual summit for most of the hike. We had to contour around some bumps on the way. We eventually decided that one of them was just a wart.

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Not the tip. Just a wart.

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Beautiful open views on the way. A bit bald so to speak.

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Posers. Also they are not finding this nearly as funny as us.

We got a little too high on the wart and had to go back down a little before heading back up. We had to pass through some stubble...err, trees to get to the actual base. Once we saw the actual summit we briefly discussed whether to circle around the summit to check out the girth. For future travelers of course. We didn't want anyone else to get surprised by the size of the peak.

At one point I asked Maya to find me a shrubbery. She did not.

We passed through one more open area and saw the actual summit. It looked like it might be pretty hard. We figured that this summit was below treeline so it was unlikely the summit would be bald but we didn't know. I also expressed that if there wasn't a register on this peak I was going to be very disappointed (there wasn't, someone should take one). I commented that I hoped there wasn't a hole on top of the tip either.

Finally we reached the climax of our adventure and found the tip.

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Just the tip

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Dad, can we lay off the jokes now that we made the summit? No, Maya. No we cannot.

We enjoyed a summit meal of sausage (what else?) and cheese. Not much of a view from the summit. Dicks Peak just doesn't rise that high and have enough prominence. We remarked that we didn't know how many people had climbed Dicks Peak and figured it might be pretty lonely. At least it got some love today.

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Why do you keep making these jokes?

Eventually it was time to get off and head back to the car. We saw some clouds forming but they never did anything. No one was getting wet on Dicks Peak today.

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Happy that we gave Dicks Peak some attention today

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Views on the way back to the car

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Zero tries to blend in with the grass

We spent an enjoyable few hours on Dicks Peak. It was about 4 miles RT and we did about 1200 feet of elevation gain. Everyone had fun. Plan D was pretty wild and certainly rose to our needs. It's also completely safe to climb unprotected.



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Comments or Questions
12ersRule

Surprising...
04/30/2018 15:18
that the sign to the peak didn't give you the shaft and took you where you wanted to go.

Satisfying trip both coming and going?


yaktoleft13

The peak
04/30/2018 15:09
Was there snow? I assume it's only prudent to climb this peak when covered....


highpilgrim

2 foot
04/30/2018 15:10
Did you all practice the Two Foot Dick Rule?


Paula

Size matters
04/30/2018 15:12
Plan A was only a 12er...


Jon Frohlich

Satisfaction
04/30/2018 15:30
Everyone definitely left satisfied. This story had a happy ending.


Matt

Who Loves Dick's?
05/01/2018 08:46
Get thee to a punnery, Paula and Jon.


cloudkicker

I believe the sequel to this trip report should be
05/01/2018 14:55
A trip up Gobblers Knob out near Bishops Castle.


Jay521

Well...
05/01/2018 15:52
I'm not sure which is funnier - the TR or the comments. Thanks for the laughs, guys!



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