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Ascent of Fawn Peak on 2013-05-03

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Russell
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fawn Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6577 ft / 2004 m

Ascent Trip Report

Public land. We opted for a S ridge route on this as this seemed to offer the most promise of being able to drive as high as possible, and have as little snow as possible with the current Spring conditions. Other routes from the N and E appear viable on paper.

From the Goat Creek Road, turn NE on Road 100. This is a loop road and thus has two connections with Goat Creek Road. Our route, the shorter route, is the more Northerly turnoff right about where it crosses Fawn Creek. Ascend past new houses and then turn left at 3400' onto Road 300. We followed this to the road HP at a saddle at 4200 where we parked.

From here we more or less followed the South Ridge to the top. It's open forest and not brushy though sometimes rocky. Never really above class 1 though on occasion it looks steep enough to get into class 2. Steepest perhaps between 4600' and 5000'. Staying close to the ridgeline works well enough. Patchy snow was about it until near the false summit at 5986'. From here to the summit we ran into more snow and soft conditions in the afternoon heat. We didn't use snowshoes but we could have; the snow is too intermittent to make it worth carrying them going forward this year. I tried to traverse a bit to the E around the false summit but gave up as the patchy snow and moderately steep sidehilling was less pleasant than just going up and down over the false summit. Open summit with good views. Not a spectacular hike but it was a pleasant brush free peak with some forest and some views. Solid spring option.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2609 ft / 794 m
    Extra Gain:126 ft / 38 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Trailhead:Road 300  4220 ft / 1286 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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