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Ascent of Tumtum Peak on 2010-03-27

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tumtum Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4678 ft / 1425 m

Ascent Trip Report

Simple. Start at the Kautz Creek Trail and leave the nature trail after 50 feet and hike the real trail. Cross the creek and begin to ascend to maybe 3100. Angle left on easy old growth forest. You'll wind up at the 3600' saddle. From there head up an increasing moderate slope to the flat area at 4000'. Head up the increasingly steep slope which is never so steep that it is scary. We went quickly left of some BFRs. Just head up until you hit daylight and we took a quick right turn and were soon on the summit. The summit has some moderate dropoffs nearby and so it is fairly pronounced. In trees the whole way so sorry no views. All old growth and open with no brush at all. Would be a good winter hike, aside from the lack of views due to nature of the terrain and the accessible TH.

Fresh snow over the forest duff at present which made for sketchy footing. No real accumulated snowpack at this time. Would have given it a better rating except for that. The forest was nice but I also expect to see my volcano when in the park so a downgrade for that as well. But a decent winter exercise P1000 on the whole.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2388 ft / 727 m
    Extra Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Trail then Saddle then NE Ridge
    Trailhead:Kautz Creek TH  2410 ft / 734 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Sunny but we got rained on by snow bombs melting off the trees.



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