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Ascent of Whitestone Ridge on 2007-09-28

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Friday, September 28, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Whitestone Ridge
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4760 ft / 1450 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road used to access this peak has changed a bit. Instead of taking the road up the N ridge, you want to take a road that switchbacks E and then W up the NE slope. Passable to most cars but a bit rocky. Carry a saw for downed trees.

EN: "Dean and I tried to hike this in April and were stopped by downed trees, unexpected snow and because of that we ran out of time. So I returned recently to finish off Whitestone and I was fortunate enough to find the correct driving route free of downed trees and the only gate wide open. The traditional road to the lookout which comes straight in from the NNW is now bermed at the base. Even with 4WD you could not make it over this berm though an ATV may be able to. Instead you want to continue on your only other option from that junction and that road heads east for a while and then switchbacks to the west to eventually meet up with the old lookout road. They likely switched the preferred road as they had to spruce up the other one anyway for recent logging taking place in the area. Right after the two roads meet there is a gate which was open on this Friday morning but it is probably closed when the lookout is unoccupied. I continued on and was able to drive to the lookout. This road is fairly decent though a little bit rough so it is probably best to take a truck rather than a passenger sedan for this. There is also a road shown coming in from the SE but Dean tried this and was not able to get close to the summit in his 4WD truck. You could probably hike or snowshoe either road pretty much year round- the old road is shorter so better for walking or snowshoeing- but you have to drive over a 3200 foot pass on the Silver Creek Road to get to the Northern base of the mountain so that would be the limiting factor." --Eric Noel, September 28, 2007
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Road
    Trailhead:Lookout Parking  4720 ft / 1438 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds



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