Ascent of Rocky Peak on 2010-11-12

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Friday, November 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rocky Peak
    Elevation:3040 ft / 926 m

Ascent Trip Report

I accessed Rocky Peak from Hwy 101 at Humbug State Park. I turned up the driveway for the state park and then turned took the right fork at the gate towards signed China Mtn. This good road climbs steeply up to a ridge and I stayed right at 2 forks. At about 5 miles I stayed left at a fork and in another mile I parked where there is a minor fork to the right and you can see a gate up that fork. I hiked up the gated road towards Bald Mountain enjoying the great views of the coast below. I hiked up to visit the benchmark on Bald Mountain and then continued south east towards Rocky Peak. My plan was to follow the ridge. After dropping a couple hundred feet to the first saddle I found a nice trail along the ridge. This is a good trail so I stayed on it. About halfway to Rocky Peak I thought the trail ended at a rocky outcropping with grat views of the coast, but I back tracked a little and found a swithchback that I missed. I stayed on the trail and it descended down to a logging road that I followed for about 150 yds to the final ridge going up to Rocky Peak. I picked up the trail again and it led all the way to the summit. There are a few remnants of an old fire lookout on the summit. This lookout was destroyed in the famous Columbus Day storm of 1962. Have I mentioned there are great views on this hike? Fantastic views and a nice hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1797 ft / 548 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    Route:Bald Mtn Trail
    Trailhead:1243 ft / 378 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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