Ascent of Lemei Rock on 2011-09-23
|Date:||Friday, September 23, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5925 ft / 1805 m|
Ascent Trip ReportLemei Rock is a pretty hike in the Fall. Earlier in the year it is mosquito heaven. I approached Lemei Rock from the south on good roads. You can get to the TH on good roads from the north if you have a good map. From Hood River I crossed the toll bridge ($0.75) and then continued north on Hwy 141 to Trout Lake. Zero your odometer at the post office in Trout Lake and continue on the main road. At 7.9 miles turn right at Peterson Prairie onto FR 24 where there is a sign for Cultus Campground 9 miles. Nine miles later turn right into Cultus Campground, drive through the campground about .25 mile to a signed trailhead for Indian Heaven Trail No. 33. Park here at about 4,000 ft elevation. A Northwest Forest Pass is required and the campground requires a fee to camp there.
Hike up the beautiful well maintained trail under a forest canopy. It is steep until you reach a rocky outcropping that has a view and then it is less steep up to Cultus Lake. On the way pass a signed spur trail that goes to Deep Lake. Just past the Cultus Lake reach a trail intersection and turn left. Follow this trail, getting glimpses of Lemei Rock along the way. Continue on the trail passing the west ridge of Lemei Rock and continue until you come to a little saddle with a rocky area on your right and you can see the ridge line of Lemei Rock. Continue down the trail a little ways until you can see a climbers trail going right towards Lemei Rock. There is a small little valley here and there was still some snow in the basin in late September. The high point is on the left side of the ridge line. Cross this basin and start climbing the scree slope towards the high point. The gully you want is the one in t=middle that goes furthest up the slope and kind of diappears behind some rocks in the foreground. Climb the scree on the climbers trail all the way up to the ridgeline. The last five feet or so is on rocks. Once on the ridgeline, follow the climbers trail to the high pint on the left. Fantastic views of all the volcanoes in the Cascades. Wow!
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2011 ft / 613 m|
| Distance:||7.9 mi / 12.7 km|
| Route:||Indian Heaven Trail|
| Trailhead:||3914 ft / 1192 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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