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Ascent of Little Blue Pill on 2013-05-19

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Russell
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Blue Pill
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2670 ft / 813 m

Ascent Trip Report

John Roper once told me that he came to tag this peak and due to new post-9/11 security restrictions at Culmback Dam he was told to "Git Out and don't Culmback." Or something like that. Hence this peak has been cemented in my mind as Git Out Ridge for years although recently another party came up with Little Blue Pill. FWIW.

Route was snow free. As far as we know it is all legit access, no signs. Read message board for the various rules that this part of the Everett water source is subject to. You can get to the TH in any car. Pass through several open gates on the way to the last gate and obvious parking right before the dam. Hike across the dam and then follow the road route as mapped. At the 1630T junction you go left across the tank trapped abandoned road instead of right on the driveable road. The road is brushy and long abandoned but still doable. Rainy day so obviously not ideal. We made slow progress through this for what seemed like a lot longer than it looks on the map. Take the correct junctions, all are overgrown. After getting above 1800' the road became more of a road again and we made better time to our right turn at 2052. Followed this through a rocky clearing and then got to a spot where the road seemed to end rather than wrapping around the N side of ridge as mapped. We went left on a gamepath of sorts and then switchbacked left and went steeply up some sort of path on the ridge. Just kept on going in the forest duff. Not brushy but lots of logs and some small trees. Just keep plugging up and over false bump and find a reasonably summity summit at the summit as marked on the E end of contour at 2670'. Goes down to the W from there. Did our due diligence and headed back. Same thing on the way down but faster. Slow travel in forest and brush. No views, no redeeming qualities other than being a peak. Not recommended.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1410 ft / 428 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Culmback Dam  1460 ft / 445 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1+
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Overcast
Cold Drizzle



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