Ascent of Peak 3120 on 2010-05-15

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Saturday, May 15, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Peak 3120
    Elevation:3120 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

This one has a road to the top. A road built by someone with big balls. From FS 24 turn N at the 924' junction S of the peak. Proceed up a good road to Washington Pass. I think it was 2469 or 2441? Whatever, it is on the map. Continue NW from Washington Pass to 2089. Here the road gets a little more exciting as it becomes rockier but still no problem. The exposure continues. For a miscellaneous logging road, this is one of the more exposed ones you'll ever find. I can't believe that a rockslide from above or below hasn't taken it out. Follow the road onward to the pass and go by a cross marking where someone else was not careful enough with the exposed driving. At 2496' you'll take the NW trending road at the 4 way junction. I think this was signed 2469013. Immediately the road becomes overgrown with slide alder. If you are fussy about your paint job, you should stop at the saddle. If not, continue on as the roadbed itself is OK. The slide alder ends for good after about a tenth of a mile though it seems longer. In the not too distant future the alder will end your chances of driving the road. The road continues on, getting a bit rough but still passable to a high clearance vehicle. The map shows the road continuing out at 2800 and then going NW along the ridge. I never saw this junction and the terrain seemed more improbable for a road than what I was on. Instead, the road simply curls around all the way to the summit. I stopped at a place where the road became constricted due to rockfall and since I was afeared of having to turn around somewhere else. Walked hte road and quickly came to a campfire circle and then a stump in the rhododendrens. Either might be the highpoint. Great views of the Olympics. If it isn't windy and you can navigate the road this would be a great car camping spot. It would also be a solid snowshoe option if you could at least get to the 924' base in winter. Enjoy it before the road slides into oblivion. And don't drive off the road on the way down.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:FS 2469013
    Trailhead:FS 2469013  3000 ft / 914 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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