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Sheafman Point (Nipple Knob to the area's testosterone-poisoned backcountry skiers) is worthy of more consideration from climbers and hikers.

Sheafman Point (7,830’) is one of the mountains hit hardest by the wildfires of 2000. Its entire east face was burned to such an extent that barely a live tree was left. Through the winter of 2000-2001 and most of the next summer, this mountain along with Mill Point and Ward Mountain—close neighbors to the south that also suffered severe damage—were looked at from afar and considered by many to have been ruined. Only dedicated mushroom hunters could see any good having come from the fires.

The best route (Class 2) up this mountain begins at the Cow Creek Trailhead. Stay on the well-defined trail until you’re well out on the east face of the mountain, about .3 miles from the trailhead. Leave the trail and bushwhack westward up the face to the summit. Stay close to the southern edge of the face, just above Mill Canyon’s sheer cliffs, if you want to avoid the worst underbrush and deadfall.

Michael Hoyt


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