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Ascent of Wahatis Peak on 2008-08-08

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Friday, August 8, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wahatis Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2692 ft / 820 m

Ascent Trip Report

At mile post 60.1 on WA-24, which is 7 miles E of the junction with Rd 24 SW or 5 miles W of the Adams county line, I turned N on an unsigned road into the Hanford Reach National Monument. Call this point mile 0.0. The road is paved but narrow and has occasional weeds growing through cracks. Just after the turnoff are some signs with maps and public-use regulations involving the Hanford Reach NM and the Saddle Mountain NWR. At 2.0 miles the pavement temporarily ends as the road crosses an aqueduct. After the aqueduct, the road condition gradually worsens: potholes become more frequent, large sections of pavement are missing, and ultimately the road becomes gravel. At 4.2 miles I turned L at a junction on the crest of the Saddle Mtns. At 4.8 miles I proceeded through an open gate by a sign indicating that I was leaving public land. The gate had a chain with a latch but no lock. At 7.0 miles I parked at a saddle near Point 2120 on the E side of section 11 and Earlized from here. My truck had no trouble making it to this point; a low clearance vehicle might face a couple of rough spots but should still do OK.

The hike on the remaining 2 miles up the road to the summit is straightforward. The highest summit is west of the tower complexes and is accessed by a short steep side road. Though the HP presently has no facilities on it, it is graded and probably once harbored a now-dismantled structure. The highest boulder is well-defined but I was unable to locate the BM.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:582 ft / 177 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Saddle Mtn Road
    Trailhead:Saddle Mtn Road  2110 ft / 643 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:35 Minutes



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