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Ascent of Lime Creek Mountain on 2013-04-27

Climber: Craig Willis

Others in Party:Paul Michelson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Lime Creek Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4739 ft / 1444 m

Ascent Trip Report

Don't be fooled... the standard approach road (via Black Canyon Road) is a bad road beyond the sharp southward switchback at nearly 3100' elevation. I would not recommend people to take a car up there; use a high-clearance vehicle for this route.

Our route up was not the same as the route heading down. There is a road that leads to the summit which is not obvious. At N48.88814 W-117.66263, there is a side-road which initially appears to head north (instead of south in the direction of the summit). However, the road soon switchbacks southward and basically follows the ridgeline until near the summit hill.

Some of the logging activity on the upper slopes looks recent (within the past 1-2 years). However, the road conditions (including overgrown road sections) from the standard route imply that the loggers approached from a different way. From the summit, we noticed a decent-looking logging road following the ridge southward, so perhaps that is a place to look. But even if starting from a low elevation and mostly a road walk, this peak would still be very doable as a day-hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:779 ft / 237 m
    Elevation Loss:779 ft / 237 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Vehicle Stopped By Road Snowpack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:779 ft / 237 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Trailhead:3960 ft / 1207 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:779 ft / 237 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:3960 ft / 1207 m



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