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In more than 5 mi break off from the trail as it begins to descend left (at a sign for Burbank Creek Wilderness posted high on a tree) around a mile NW to Soda Peaks TH. The hidden route to West Soda Peak begins only about 6 ft left (S) of the ridgeline (with views down to Soda Peaks Lake and East Soda Peak). For the summit, bushwhack to the right off the main trail and straight up the ridgeline or slightly left of it passing over larger trees and debris.
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Climb past smaller pines into a very steep grassy meadow dotted with wildflowers and great shots of Burbank Adams, Soda Peaks Lake, East Soda Peak, and others. Work up to the top left of the meadow and return to the woods up a steep elk path a bit easier using route-finding skills to the nearby tree-covered tiny peak with only a few vistas discernible through the trees. See below for the less-traveled East Soda Peak, or return the same way past the lake to Trapper Creek TH.
SODA PEAKS LAKE TO WEST SODA PEAK
From Soda Peaks (upper) TH at the pullout before the gate, take the path across the road 50 ft past brush to a free self-issue Wilderness Permit kiosk with a map. Then continue S on Soda Peaks Lake Trail 133. The path widens nicely through large cedars and then becomes a bit overgrown again near the W ridge of Soda Peaks at less than 5 mi from the TH. Drop down left a few feet over the widening trail then work steeper up through the beautiful forest (with only occasional looks out) to the ridge again. Hike fairly steeply up the narrowing ridge crest over a few tree roots and rocks and then traverse E under West Soda Peak. Head up steadily across a scree field and through the woods before easing to the high ridge just E of West Soda Peak (around 1 mi from the TH). See tree-covered East Soda Peak above Soda Peaks Lake and much more.
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