I saved this one for last because of the reports that I had read regarding it. Fable has the reputation of being a long and boring hike with only partially worthwhile views once at the top. Well, I must have picked the right day because it was a fantastic outing for me! The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and there was enough snow in the gullies to glissade a good portion of the descent.
The hike is long though. Make sure you bring some good buddies along and start some big philosophical discussion and you should be fine. I kind of liked making up almost 2000 feet of elevation before actually doing any real effort! I think what made this hike enjoyable for me is that the weather was fantastic for April and the lingering snow on the surrounding ridges and peaks made for a very nice panorama. I could see the long approach being intolerable in very hot or cold weather.
The creeks were running very low so we didn't have any problems crossing back and forth (the bridges were all covered in frost so essentially unusable in the morning - who made these? - they're very cool!). After branching west into the Fable creek drainage we were pleasantly surprised by the incredible views that started to open up behind and in front of us as we got higher. The snow around the headwall made for nice kick-stepping and soon we were heading up the steep scree towards the summit ridge. The scree is best avoided on the way up by staying on the far right of the slope.
[This mountain is a long ways off!]
[This is where you turn to the left (west) up Fable Creek.]
[A beautiful morning as we head up the creek - so to speak!]
[Our route up past the headwall and the gully.]
[As we get higher the weather turns chilly.]
[The ridge on top of these cliffs is the traverse to Gap Peak.]
The summit ridge was pleasant but a little tricky in places due to some lingering snow. About 4.5 hours after leaving the car we topped out and after some quick photos we immediately headed down due to the hurricane like winds up there! We had a blast glissading through the headwall and below and nearly hiked our feet off on the long trek back to the trailhead.
[The ridge to the summit is sort of airy but fun.]
[Vern on the summit of Mount Fable.]
[Vern and Wes at the summit of Mount Fable.]
[The looonnng walk in as seen from the summit.]
[On the way down we spot some climbers making their way up.]
I recommend this scramble for a nice cool fall or spring day. Just make sure there isn't too much snow around or a really long approach trail will need to be done twice in order to make the true summit. My only regret is that I didn't get to do the traverse to Gap Peak and since I've already done that peak too I don't think I'll be doing it any time soon...