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Ascent of Kosmos Lookout on 2010-03-28

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Sunday, March 28, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kosmos Lookout
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3560 ft / 1085 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parking is at a gate right on Hwy 12 just a bit E of Sand Creek and near to Riffe Lake. The land appears to be private timberland belonging to Port Blakely Tree Farms and is presently signed as open for non-motorized use. Generally you will be heading N via the main road as it traverses along the S ridge. The route is as mapped. Some side spurs are dead, others not on the map also appear but you'll be sticking to the mapped route. Start up and mostly just walk the main road. Or bike it if you like, the roads are good for that. You pass a pleasant creek in a clover carpeted forest at 1700'. At 2400' you come into ugly open clearcuts that offer views of the other local prominent logging bumpsters. After gaining the ridge, go straight/right at 2760 and then bend E. At 2850' comes a decision as you reach the mapped 4WD track. I took this so-called 4WD track as it was lesser used but still driveable and very walkable to begin with. The other option of following the main road looks fine but adds an extra ~2 miles round-trip. Follow the 4WD track as mapped. Turn left at the switchback at 3320' and the road starts to become grassy. At 3400' where the road bends N on the map you will instead find it sort of ends in a logging landing. Walk over the berm into a stand of devil's club where the road really cannot be discerned. No really, do that. Turn right at about 90 degrees and walk about 100 horizontal feet. Look for three reddish brown log segments that are about 5 feet each in length. Behind these is the abandoned 4WD road which is now tank trapped every 100 feet but mostly brush free. Use the tank traps to help you find your way if you are unsure but it is easy walking. This road will head all the way up to a logging landing near the summit area. Turn R as you hit the logging land and walk 100 horizontal feet to the summit. The top is a circular turn-around with remnants of the old lookout foundation. The highest ground appears to be either in the middle of the turn-around or maybe on the N side. Head back the way you came. All in all there is not much brush so I think this is a better option than the longer route but the other would no doubt work as well especially if you have a bike. No views on top anymore. Not an exciting peak; exercise, a P1000 and the convenient hwy access in winter are all that this has going for it. No snowpack at present.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2610 ft / 796 m
    Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Route:Mainline to 4WD option
    Trailhead:Highway 12  950 ft / 289 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds



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