Ascent of Roundtop Mountain on 2011-06-10

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Friday, June 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Roundtop Mountain
    Elevation:4762 ft / 1451 m

Ascent Trip Report

Roundtop Mountain is a couple miles east of the the old firelookout site named Roundtop Benchmark. I approached from Grants Pass going south on Hwy 238. At Hwy 238 and New Hope Rd zero your odometer and turn right on New Hope Rd. At 3.2 turn right onto Fish Hatchery Rd, at 5.2 miles cross the Applegate River and turn left onto South Side Road. At 5.9 turn hard right 150 degrees onto a gravel road that looks like someones driveway with the address 3585 posted on a stump. At 7.0 miles take the right fork with address 3600 posted on some trees along here. At 8.0 go straight onto an overgrown lesser road, at 8.3 take the left fork, at 8.7 take the right fork, at 8.8 take the right fork, at 8.9 cross the creek, at 9.1 the road becomes rockier steeper and 4WD with high clearance is probably required. At 10.4 pass through an open gate, at 11.4 reach the ridgeline and park.

Hike east up teh steep slope that some dirt bikers have used part way up the ridge to the real brushy area. This is a long miserable bushwhack if you get into the real brushy area on top of the ridge. If you want to minimize the brush, stay below 4,000 ft and traverse on steep slopes around the first hill to the north and then don't even think about going up to the saddle. Once you are a little past the saddle but north of it at about 4,000 ft you should be able to see a little draw with one side protected by some big rocks on the left side. Climb this draw to the right of the rocks and then cross over the top of the rocks by going left. Now you are only about .5 mile from the summit, but it is all brush straight ahead. Go left and traverse about half way around the peak to the north ridge. Keep looking for a lane through the brush going up. I bushwhacked up and down this part and it was not fun. The summit has no views. I think I was the first human being to ever step foot on this summit. Why in the world anyone else would bushwhack up this peak is a mystery. It took me 5.25 hours to bushwhack this one which is about 0.5 mph.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1513 ft / 461 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Trailhead:3249 ft / 990 m
    Route Conditions:
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