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    Humility Hill (Point 4358')

    Sitting alongside neighboring Blag Mountain, little-known Humility Hill is prominent when viewed from Highway 97 approaching the Big Y intersection northbound. One can imagine this peak being timber covered at an earlier time in history. Fires and salvage logging, however, have stripped the peak of nearly all its cover. Views abound early and continue all the way to the summit.

    The least steep approach uses Forest Service road #7403, a spur off of the Derby Canyon Road #7400, accessed from the town of Peshastin. #7403 is blocked at its entrance from #7400 and a wide spot in the road on adjacent #7402 near the junction makes a good place to park. You might get passed by a mountain biker, as FS #7403 is the standard approach to Xanadu Ridge, a cult classic for mountain bikers that relish a steep technical descent.

    A short mile up #7403, the road reaches a ridge crest and a sharp corner. Map study indicates that going one-third mile farther on #7403 would reach a 4WD road on the right that heads higher up on the slopes of Humility Hill. However, the 4WD road has been decommissioned and enriching buckbrush is an issue. Head straight up the hillside at the sharp corner to reach the 4WD road above and miss the worst of the buckbrush. Once on the 4WD road it can be walked a long mile farther to reach the south shoulder of Humility Hill. The south ridge passes over Point 3888 and continues for another half mile to the summit. An alternate route to the summit heads straight uphill from the eastern most switchback of the 4WD road. Whatever way is chosen, there will be significant downed timber to hike around or up and over.

    Views from the summit are similar to nearby Blag, but the summit of Humility Hill, while being a three hundred feet lower, is more open in every direction. The Enchantments dominate the western skyline and some of Leavenworth is visible. Spend some time trying to identify the summits to the north, including Glacier Peak, Mount Maude, and Mount Fernow. April and May would be best for the flower show, August being months too late for that.

    Humility Hill gets few visitors, but has been documented in Washington Trails <http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2009-04-04.5791131275> and Northwest Hiker <http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8018941&highlight=humility+hill> <http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8010820&highlight=humility+hill> for those wanting additional details about possible loop trips and alternate routes to the summit.

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    FS Road #7403

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    view towards the Enchantments

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    nearby Blag Mountain

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    Great post Charlie! Do you mind if we add it to our guidebooks on the website?

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