Ascent of Lummi Peak on 2013-02-27

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lummi Peak
    Elevation:1665 ft / 507 m

Ascent Trip Report

I found this to be a very well-maintained trail and a very nice hike, for the most part. From the nice little parking area, a footpath ascends steeply and then more gradually, then intersects a old logging road, turning left. This road leads easily southwards, passing a couple of nice overlooks to Rosario Strait and the San Juans. Very scenic on this relatively nice February day.

Once the road enters DNR land at a gate, it gets a bit overgrown, and during the final rise to the col near the peak the road is a bit annoying due to logging slash and thorn bushes. I passed the swamp on my left and came to a logging clearing with an abandoned bulldozer. From here the south ridge of the final knob looked climbable, so I forced a path through the slash and thorns to the steep slopes, where a faint path switchbacked uphill. This was very steep and loose for about 100 feet, though, before easy bushwhacking through low plants led to the summit plateau.

There are several rises that could be the very summit, including one pretty far south, but the higheest is likely one of the ones to the north. There were some views of water through the trees.

I elected to return via the north slopes of the summit knob, since I was not thrilled with the area near the bulldozer. The north slopes were less steep than my ascent route, and from the base of the knob I found faint paths and finally a road leading back to the swamp. Just before the swamp I crossed a small ravine and found a faint path just uphill from the NW side of the swamp, leading me back to the road and my upward track.

I recommend leaving the road as soon as possible and climbing the north side of the summit knob, and avoid going past the swamp, unless you enjoy visiting abandoned earth-movers.

Non-peakbaggers would enjoy this hike as far as the overlooks--nice forest, excellent trail. The summit area is a bit rugged and overgrown, but by WA bushwhacking standards not too bad at all.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1590 ft / 485 m
    Elevation Loss:1590 ft / 485 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1590 ft / 485 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Baker Prsv Tr, S Ridge
    Trailhead:Seacrest Dr  75 ft / 22 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1590 ft / 485 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Baker Prsv Tr, N Ridge
    Trailhead:Seacrest Dr  75 ft / 22 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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