Ascent of Rattlesnake Hills-West Peak on 2013-04-17

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rattlesnake Hills-West Peak
    Elevation:3206 ft / 977 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked right along the highway pretty much at the saddle on 241 where an old jeep track takes off uphill. A person in a 4x4 might try to drive this; a person in a Beetle does not try. No signage or sign of locals at all on the entire route. We hoof it up to the ridge and then turned left. Contouring some on either side of the ridge, staying on the ridge, dodging sage here and there. All easy and straight-forward. You'll pass through a fence en route, find an opening on the climber's (Ha!) right. Look for the obvious highest bump and then that will give you something to aim for. It has no towers on it and sticks out once you are on the ridge. At the base of the peak for the last 300' you come to a T in the fence. We stayed right of the right fork and then crossed it when it seemed reasonable. Going left takes you along an electric fence that you can slide under apparently according to others. We just stuck with our non-electric right fence and then after crossing it we cut up the ridge to the open summit. Wide views though they be not spectacular. Breezy. Nothing eventful on the descent. Contoured on the S side of ridge which was more of a sidehilly hassle than N side. But you can make any route viable in this terrain. Eastern WA grassy ridges and wide blue skies have a feeling of spring that the We(s)tside often lacks even if the scenery is far from stunning.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1306 ft / 397 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Jeep Tracks and Grass
    Trailhead:Highway 241  2100 ft / 640 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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