BR5 - Mt Ferry to Dodger Pt

Distance for this section is about 4 miles, and it can be traveled in half a day or less. This is a good route to use either as a retreat from the Bailey Range or to divide the Bailey Range into smaller sections. Newcomers frequently get off route on this section by dropping of the ridge to Scott-Ludden saddle too soon or by missing the short 0.25-mile path from the saddle to the abandoned trail on Dodger Point.

On the west end this traverse can be linked with either BR3/BR4 (Cat Basin to Mt. Ferry) or BR6 (Mt. Ferry to Queets Basin). See the published Climbers Guide for detailed approach information.

Route:

From the Ferry-Pulitzer saddle, ascend a small canyon NE 200 ft to the broad bench E of the summit of Mt. Ferry; proceed E a short distance, then descend the ridge E to the saddle at the headwaters of Long Creek. The descent s not difficult but has one short, steep place.

Continue NE on a well-beaten path in open meadows on the ridge that divides Long Creek and the Goldie River. The ridge becomes narrow and rocky but passable, the route crossing back and forth. Just before reaching the cliffs of Ludden Peak, the path traverses on the right (SE) side; here the path becomes major again and drops into the meadow directly above the Scott-Ludden saddle. Descend on trail through the meadow and forest to the Scott-Ludden saddle, where there is an excellent camp, with water, in the meadow to the S.

From the Scott-Ludden saddle, proceed NE, staying in the gully of the saddle, hiking over a small rock wall. Descend 250 ft. on a faint trail over rocky terrain to pick up a good trail that is visible as you descend. Traverse N up and down on trail for 0.2 mile, ending at the "Crisler's Ladder." From here, drop 30 ft. straight into a major gully on roots and vines with good handholds. This spot is particularly difficult to find from the other direction. The gully, with running water, sometimes snow-filled, is a steep V-shaped ravine that narrows at the Crisler's Ladder, opens out, and drops into cliffs below.

Ascend N 400 ft. up the right side of the very steep gully on a faint trail to "Hanging Rock" (a small rock hanging from a fir tree that has been there at least 15 years) and the beginning of the abandoned trail to Dodger Point, where there is a  fire lookout, built in 1933 but staffed only in emergencies.

An alternative and more difficult route from the Long-Goldie divide involves climbing over the summit of Ludden Peak and then descending steep cliff bands to the E to gain the trail to Dodger Point.


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