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Ascent of Buck Mountain on 2013-05-04

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Russell
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Buck Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6135 ft / 1869 m

Ascent Trip Report

Public land. DNR and USFS. No gates. Approach from the S from Hwy 20 and turn N at 48.3921 and -119.8488. Follow this as far as you can, staying on the obvious main road. We parked at 4400' saddle due to snow. You could continue up to at least 5000' when snow free. Maybe car accessible, maybe high clearanace to that point. High clearance road above 5000'. Unsure of road conditions up higher as it was buried in several feet of snow. After maybe 5500' there are some big trees down over the road. Carry a saw for little trees too. Road is as mapped, though we cut a few corners. Got to the top and saw the lookout which looked to be in decent shape. Views of various peaks nearby as well as the scenic Cascades to the W. Pretty simple.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1775 ft / 540 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Road
    Trailhead:Saddle on Buck LO Road  4400 ft / 1341 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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