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Ascent of Peak 362 on 2013-04-30

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 362
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:1188 ft / 362 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in the first lot along the park road that goes out to the Marmes Rock Shelter. Don't know whether it's a permanent closure or just seasonal, but currently only state park vehicles are allowed past this point.

Walked a quarter mile up the road, noticing a parallel trail down to the right. At the next little parking area, found a path to that trail. Once a nice wide gravel path, lack of use is allowing thin grass and weeds to grow. Still, it's a lot better than the clumpy grass and sagebrush around. Followed this trail 0.3 mile to a level area on a ridge overlooking some park buildings. Where the trail started a gradual descent, I headed NNE, keeping a small ridge to my right, aiming for a level area to the right of the higher ridge directly north. Although trailless, the grass was easy to walk through. There I picked up an animal trail that turned NW below the impending cliffs. At a fork, went right to stay close to the ridge, heading for the NNE ravine that split the ridge. Animal trails in or just left of this ravine made the walking easy. Before reaching the top of the ravine, my GPS showed a private land border crossing east to west. At a boulder resting in the ravine, headed due east to pass around the corner of this fenceless boundary. Once back on the main ridgecrest, turned NNE again to pass between the two rightmost outcroppings. At the base of the summit plateau, passed right of the dilapidated fence to get to the right side of the summit. All easy walking to here. Expected to find some animal path angling up to the summit, but nothing. The east side of summit is very steep and grass-covered. Angling up was difficult because of the pitch; probably easier to face straight up. From the side, you can see that the area in the middle is several feet higher than that at the south end.

Great views of the whole Lyons Ferry area including both bridges. Snowcapped Blue Mtns are distant southeast. To the north, the Palouse River canyon nearly blends into all the smaller coulees east and west of the river.

Walked to the north end looking for a less steep way down to the east toward the Marmes Rock Shelter. Instead it only got steeper, eventually cliffing out. With daylight fading, I decided that visit will have to wait. Went to the south end to check the views from there, and was surprised to find it less steep than the east side. Descended straight down to pick up my route again. Stopped by to observe the marker of Chief Old Bones on the way down.

Upon looking at the map back at the parking lot, it appears there has been a change in property boundaries. The old state park boundary no longer exists. There is a sliver of private land running north to south, but is depicted as being down at the bottom of ridge near or on the road. Doesn't look like any deviation is needed going up the south slope.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:658 ft / 200 m
    Total Elevation Loss:95 ft / 28 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:608 ft / 185 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 563 ft / 172 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:south ridge
    Start Trailhead:parking lot  625 ft / 190 m
    Time:32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 11187 ft / 3409 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:south ridge
    End Trailhead:parking lot  
    Time:40 Minutes



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