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Ascent of Columbia Mountain on 2014-03-22

Climber: Craig Willis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Columbia Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6782 ft / 2067 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second fire lookout visited that day. The first was a lowland sunrise hike with clear skies. The second was a late morning snowshoe trip up Columbia Mountain with mostly cloudy skies and a couple of very light flurries during the descent.

I was the first person to sign the trailhead register in nearly one month, and the trail had no recent human footprints. For the most part, the trail was still easy to locate and follow despite deep snowpack. The trail traversed across several short, steep sections where extra caution was needed... but for the most part the route was good. The worst part of the trip was completely breaking trail through the deep powdery snow; it was very time-consuming in some areas.

Great views from the lookout cabin and the summit, which is near the fire lookout cabin. The cabin was empty inside. A wooden birdhouse is on a tree near the cabin, which was a pleasant sight.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1407 ft / 428 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Kettle Crest Trail / Columbia Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:Sherman Pass  5575 ft / 1699 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:0 Days 1 Hours 20 Minutes



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