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Cashmere Mountain

We opted not to take the shortcut at 6600ft, but instead headed straight up and did the ridge run all the way to the base of the route.
We traversed north on a decent tread until we came to the first gully that had white rock slabs at the top and decoded that looked fun, so we headed up a steep, very dirty gully (class 3) to a small notch. Getting out of the notch and traversing high for another 100ft brought us to the center of the false summit ridge (class3-4). We then easily walked over and topped out.
Party felt this was more fun than the standard class 2 gully route.
We did take the easy way down which paralled the north ridge and traversed back to the saddle.
We spotted the short cut descent trail, followed that and dropped into the meadows below and picked up the trail at 6400 ft.
Note: there is water in the meadows and the high bench above.
10 hrs Car to car.