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Ascent of Mount Price on 2008-08-05

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Price
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5587 ft / 1702 m

Ascent Trip Report

Just a few words since the peak is at http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/153442/mount-price.html

The Hester Lake trail is a bit adventuresome, what with some muddy sections, a stream crossing, the trail in the stream at one point, a creek on the trail at another section, and a swampy meadow area.

Expect brush going around Hester Lake on the north with it lessening on the way up to Little Hester Lake. I reached Little Hester Lake on its south side and since there is a boulder field here that leads directly up to the east ridge of Mount Price, it's a quick route up. It's still not a cake walk once on the ridge, but it's easy enough, going up and over Point 5480', and threading a route up through minor cliffs. I tended to stay on the north hand side of the ridge.

The register was soggy. Unfortunately, I didn't take the time to dry it out. The mosquitoes made my stay on the summit short. I went down the ridge to the north for variety, but I much prefer the quicker east ridge. Perhaps I left the north ridge too soon, but I ended up having a circuitous route back down to Little Hester Lake having to avoid many cliffs. It would've been much quicker and pleasant going back down my up route.

Going right to the shoreline of Hestor Lake, I avoided much of the brush on the return by just wading in the water. Rounding a clffy section, the water was over my head, but by treading water my light day pack floated on top and it's contents stayed dry. Along other sections, I held onto the brush for balance.

The lake was quite refreshing on this hot day and I quickly dried out on the hike out. Saw not a soul on this beautiful day.
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