I had just gone to Number 8 Hill in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness on 2/14/16, but it impressed me so much take I went back there today with Leesa to show it to her. On the first trip, I did a six pack of hills, finishing with Number 8 hill from the west.
This time, we started from the south and climbed the shoulder of Number 8 Mountain, then " The Dam Hill" (1324'), then climbed Number 8 Hill (1877') via the beautiful open rock SW ridge. I can't imagine a more beautiful approach; especially considering that this peak is less than 2000' high.
|Brant Lake from the shoulder of Number 8 Mountain|
|Rev, crossing Mill Brook|
|The summit of "The Dam Hill"|
|Climbing the SW ridge of Number 8 Hill|
|Looking down the SW ridge of Number 8 Hill|
|Nearing the top|
|The summit of Number 8 Hill. Looking north to Pharaoh Mountain.|
|Pharaoh Mountain from Number 8 Hill|
|Looking south to Brant Lake.|
|A memorial on the summit of Number 8 Hill.|
|Leesa giving Rev a reward on top of Number 8 Hill.|
We enjoyed the summit for quite a while, basking in the perfect 55 degree weather and bluebird skies. Eventually we continued on by dropping down to the eastern sub-summit where there is quite a cliff and continued views east and north.
|Pharaoh from the cliff at the eastern sub-summit of Number 8 Hill.|
We went SW from the cliff and headed down on a parallel path tto our ascent route; just slightly more to the east. We bypassed The Dam Hill on the way out and crossed Desolate Brook on the log we usd on the way in.
|This log was our means of crossing the high flowing Desolate Brook|
I'll probably be back to Number 8 Hill again at some point. It is a fabulous place.
Hike Distance: 8.75 miles
Hike Time: 5.5 hours
Total Vertical Gain: ~2300'
|The Route (click image to enlarge)|