Rusty Point Traverse

Rusty Point sits on the ridge extending southwest of Wolverine Peak. It features nice views in all directions, especially up the Middle Fork valley toward the Williwaw Lakes and Mount Williwaw. I'd rate this trip as moderate to slightly-strenuous, since there will be bushwacking and side-hilling on rough ground. Round trip distance will be about 10 miles, with elevation gain of 2,700 feet. Plan to be out 6-7 hours.

Be prepared for mud and water on the lower trails. We'll be heading up the Wolverine Trail to the cairn on the central ridge. There's some residual snow from the hemlocks up toward the cairn, but it can be done without Kathtoolas if you're careful. From the cairn, we'll head across the valley thru alpine tundra to gain the southwest ridge via a mostly snow-free route between Wolverine and Rusty. Then we ridge-walk west over Rusty,  traverse south across its high western slope , descend the steep southwest shoulder, and bushwack southeast to the Middle Fork Loop Trail near the new bridge. 

Suggested Gear: Non-cotton clothing layers, wind protection, gaiters,  trekking poles, water, sunglasses, sunscreen, skeeter dope, bear spray etc. Kahtoolas are optional.

Driving Directions: From Hillside Dr: east (uphill) on Upper O’Malley Rd, left on Prospect Dr, left on Sidorof Ln, right into trailhead entrance.

Trail Map:

Parking: State parks sticker or $5 day fee required.

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Please have a leash available, and be prepared to clean up.

Warning: Always take precautions to prevent vehicle break-ins at trailheads.

Summer Photo: Williwaw Lakes from the Rusty Point ridgeline, July 20, 2012...

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  • Mark

    Awesome hike

    May 9

  • Greg P.

    Good group, steady pace, lots of wildlife including eagles, ptarmigan, and about 30 sheep. Bushwack down to the Middlefork trail was a bit brushier than I remembered, but OK since the leaves aren't out yet. Thanks to all who came out today.

    May 9

  • Cynthia S

    Gorgeous day. Fun hike. Thanks, Greg!

    May 9

  • ShaneD

    Very nice day out in the sun. Rusty was a nice change.

    Thanks Greg !!

    May 9

  • Mike (Talks to R.

    I'd like to do this hike but the virus crud has real firm grip on me today, so some other time!

    May 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know if I'll feel up to a 10 mile hike tomorrow, but I'll put myself down as a "maybe".

    May 8

  • Greg P.

    I've updated the event description and added a current photo of Rusty Point. We'll access the ridge via a mostly snow-free route up the far left side. I'm bringing gaiters for the mud lower down and few soggy snow patches we'll be crossing up high.

    May 8

  • Greg P.

    Just got back from an out-and-back recon hike up the north side of Rusty via Basher Trailhead. Conditions are wet and muddy on the Wolverine Trail, but better than expected up above. Made it to the summit without Kahtoolas. I'd say the difficulty of the full hike is about like our McHugh ridgeline traverse last week.

    May 8

    • maureen

      I'll be out of town. have fun! wanna hike tues or weds? (or both if it's nice!)

      May 8

    • Greg P.

      Possible. Have fun up north!

      May 8

  • Cynthia S

    Hi Greg - would it be possible to push back the start time til 10:30? I have a morning call but would very much like to come along.

    May 7

  • Jana L.

    I wish I could go, but I'm heading to Denver, tomorrow morning. I'll be back in a week, though... :-)

    1 · May 7

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