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Ascent of Maury Island High Point on 2013-03-23

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Saturday, March 23, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Maury Island High Point
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:492 ft / 149 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove my truck from my home in Bellevue to the ferry terminal at Fauntleroy, then I biked onto the ferry which I rode to Vashon Island. From that point I visited the Maury and Vashon Island HPs as a 25-mile bike trip.

I used the prior trip reports by Craig Willis and Ken Jones. Upon arrival at the Maury Island Marine Park (the King county park that harbors the HP), I found that the conditions have changed significantly in the two years since Craig's visit. The brush around the grass road leading to the HP has been totally mowed down. There's not a plant less than 30 feet high that's left standing. Visibility is good throughout the now clear area.

There are two rises that serve as HP candidates, separated by about 40 feet east to west. The east one is still slightly hindered by uncleared brush along the rim of the dropoff. The west one, which lies beyond the end of the grass "loop road" to the HP, is razed bare.

On the grass road near the HP, I encountered a fellow who was a photographer for a small local newspaper covering Vashon and Maury Islands. He seemed quite intrigued by what I was doing, and said that very few residents of the island know where the highest hill on the island is (he didn't). The place is small enough that a visitor coming onto the island to climb its HP might be news - if they follow up, our pursuit might get some exposure (both figuratively and literally).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1304 ft / 395 m
    Elevation Loss:1304 ft / 395 m
    Distance:20 mi / 32.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Bicycle
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:894 ft / 271 m
    Extra Loss:410 ft / 124 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Vashon Hwy, 204th, George Edwards, 59th, 248th
    Trailhead:Vashon Island ferry terminal  8 ft / 2 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:894 ft / 271 m
    Extra Gain:410 ft / 124 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:248th, 75th, Point Robinson, George Edwards, Quart
    Trailhead:Vashon Island ferry terminal  8 ft / 2 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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