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Ascent of Peak 613 on 2012-12-22

Climber: Eric Noel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, December 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Peak 613
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2011 ft / 612 m

Ascent Trip Report

This popped up as a reasonably close public peak that would be accessible with low snow blocking many roads. Not much else to recommend it. Lousy rainy day. Capital State Forest. From Hwy 8 take the Rock Candy Mtn Road. Good road to Porter Pass as mapped. I parked around here due to snow on the roads. Could have put on chains and maybe gotten further but I needed exercise anyway and I (correctly) guessed that it might have taken just as long to chain up as it would to walk to where the snow got too deep for my car no matter what. Not much else to say.

Walked the road as mapped in the rain. Powder snow but rising temps and rain made for wet snow. No crust as it had not gotten cold enough to refreeze. Turned to wet snow coming down just as I reached the summit. By the time I descended a fair amount of the snow below 1500' had been washed away. No tracks although someone had driven maybe a half mile further than me before turning back based on their tracks on the way down. Also ran into some people shooting off guns at the 520 saddle on the descent. Trucks in the snow, a big fire and a family out firing off some weapons in the rain. Pacific NW rednecks.

Got to the saddle at 520 meters and by now it was getting deeper. Shoulda brought snowshoes. Took the North Rim Trail #2 here as I figured that the forest had less snow than the roads plus it was a little more pleasant. Hoped this would go near the summit or at worst it would cross another road. It just went up a bit and crossed the N ridge and dropped a little to the road just a little bit S of the 540 meter junction fork N of the peak. I went S for a couple hundred feet and ran into the unmapped summit road- KC 3000- that I had spied on the aerials. Heads off to the left. Hiked this slightly steeper road up to just E of the summit. Getting up to my knees now in wet snow. Only 200 horizontal feet away. Headed into the brush and unleashed wet booby trapped bramble vegetation at myself. Pure joy. It's unclear to me why hell is typically depicted as a hot place. I rather think snowshoeing in the rain as wet slide alder slaps you as you trigger it with every step could make for an effective and less cozy form of hellish suffering. Stomped around near the high point and then said "Fuck This" rather quickly. Back to the road and back down. Walked the road instead of the trail, either works. Just continued on back to the car. Snow really starting to wash away as I got lower. Uneventful. Slog.

Took me about 4 hours roundtrip with no breaks. Much shorter without the fresh deep snow. In fact, you can probably drive to within a minute of hike of this peak when it is dry. Oh well. I got the peak and a little exercise. Plans for checking out other dumpsters were washed away by the rain as I was ready to go home by the time I got back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1 Schwack
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds



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