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The campground is still closed this early in the season. E-B Ridge rises in the distance looking pretty snowy up top.Crossing Etherington Creek on a bridge along the approach road, E-B Ridge rising in the distance looking dry on the lower section at least.The road split here and so did I - heading up slope.Height is gained very quickly on the steep slopes above the creek. This is looking back at the north end of Raspberry Ridge (L) and the High Rock Range at right.Yes. These scrappy trees were a PITA but didn't last long, thankfully.All right - I can deal with warm, dry rock. I immediately went left here to scramble up the ledges.What a glorious morning! Looking east and south now. Hell's Ridge at left and Raspberry Ridge at right. My approach and Etherington Creek at bottom center.Lots of easy, hands-on scrambling here.Views off the ridge towards Mount Etherington are unexpectedly nice already early in the hike.More of the easy south ridge.Looking over the Etherington Creek basin towards the High Rock Range.And even more very easy hands-on stuff.Views west were stunning despite the obvious clearcuts. From R to L peaks include, Baril, Etherington, Scrimger and Holcroft.A lovely little bench where I spotted the dark colored Marmot before he ducked into the rocks.I'm staring to realize that the western side of the south ridge might just be melted off. No snowshoes required!With zero wind and warm air, this part of the hike was pure magic. Old friends around Carnarvon Lake start showing up at distant left including Armstrong and MacLaren.Looking back along the ridge towards Raspberry Ridge.Now we're cooking with gasoline! Fantastic mountain scenery.The ridge to the summit.The two hunters have a pretty sweet view - they are just visible at lower center looking like grass.