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Ascent of Hells Island on 2010-05-31

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Monday, May 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hells Island
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:3820 ft / 1164 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Hells Island from Elk Creek Rd, Sugar Pine Rd, and road 32-1E-10. After the second creek crossing I took the lesser road to the right towards Hells Island. This road isn't great. I finally stopped at another fork at about 3100 ft. The right fork here is undrivable, so I decided this was the start of my hike. I could see a rocky cliff ahead and that is the south face of Hells Island. I followed this undrivable road to its end on the south ridge of Hells Island. Then it was uphill cross country with no trail. The lower portion has been burned off in a forest fire, but the ridge is forested. It was nicer hiking once I reched the ridge. I made good progress up the ridge and then moved a little east to avoid the steep rocks on the ridge line. I hiked up the steep slope to the southern closed contour. Nothing technical, just kind of steep. I made my way north along the ridge to the northern closed contour and decided the southern one was at least 10 ft higher. The weather was cloudy and it was kind of drizzling rain, so the views were limited.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:752 ft / 229 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 3 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Trailhead:3068 ft / 935 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country



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