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Ascent of Bear Mountain on 2010-03-20

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Saturday, March 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bear Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3440 ft / 1048 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the 2377 junction E of the peak you want to proceed N. Public land, decent though lesser used roads, no gates. At 2480' take a L and you'll be curling uphill in a counter clockwise fashion. At 2750' you'll have a junction with the straight ahead road signed as 035. Instead, turn R and proceed on the road as it winds around. It will wind to just NE of the peak at about 3260' near the little pointy extention of the NE ridge. Park at a saddle before the road starts to go downhill. Through a thin stand of new evergreens for 20 feet and then into older forest. Brush free but with more down timber as you progress upward. Head W for a couple hundred feet past a little saddle/drainage cut and then head more southerly. I liked a flattish bump a hair to the S of the top contour more so than a rhododendron bump a bit to the N. Either way, no real problems. Beware of stepping on all of the decaying downed logs which crumble like ancient parchment beneath your feet. No problems. Short.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:220 ft / 67 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Decomposing Forest Direct
    Trailhead:Pretty Darn Close to Summit  3260 ft / 993 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy



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