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Ascent of Lakeview Peak on 2008-11-16

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, November 16, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Lakeview Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3868 ft / 1178 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lakeview Pk is surrounded by the most complex logging road grid I've ever seen. Even by WA standards, this one is a challenge. I made two wrong turns, and on another occasion I backtracked because I questioned my location, even though I had not made a wrong turn. My road directions here show the proper way, omitting my extra driving mileage.

From I-5, take exit 21 and follow WA-503 toward Cougar. 17.8 miles from I-5, I turned L on Rock Creek Rd, which is unsigned in the field but identified on both DeLorme and on logging road maps. The turnoff is 0.3 miles E of the bridge where the highway crosses Rock Creek, which is not identified by a highway sign but is unmistakeable because of the narrow deep gorge below. If approaching from the E, the turnoff is 5.2 miles W of Yale junction. Note or zero your odometer at the turn. At 1.4 miles I stayed straight at a junction where a side road goes L up a hill covered by logging chaff. At 1.5 miles I went L at a fork where the R fork is gated. At 2.3 miles I stayed straight at a junction. At 2.9 miles I went L at a fork. At 3.1 miles I went L at a fork where the R branch is N6610 and the L branch is 6600, identified by spray-painting on a tree. At 3.5 miles I turned sharp R at a junction. At 4.0 miles I went R at a fork where the L branch is N6660. At 4.8 miles I passed a huge dirt pit on my L. At 5.0 miles I went R at a fork, following 6690, where the L fork is 6600. At 6.2 miles I went L to remain on 6690 at a fork just after a sharp R turn, where the R branch goes down across a clearcut. At 7.2 miles is a fork where I went L, remaining on 6690; the R branch is 6696. At 7.5 miles I stayed straight at a junction where N6697 goes R. At 7.6 miles is a locked gate. Parking and turnaround space is almost nonexistent at the gate. There is much better space at the 6697 junction; I parked at the gate only because all of the parking space at the junction was taken by hunting trucks.

I hiked the road beyond the gate, soon reaching the saddle at ~2700, where I made a sharp L onto the road that gradually ascends as it winds around the S side of peak 3084. As the road climbed near the crest of the ridge that heads NW though section 35, I encountered two earthen berms. The topo map shows that the road junction just S of point 3458 is 3-way, but it is in fact 4-way, with the unmapped way going straight ahead. I turned R and hiked down (120' elevation loss) to saddle 3262 where I went straight ahead at the junction. I then continued up the remaining 600' elevation to the summit. Note carefully that the highest summit (at 3868, the one that takes the prominence) is about 0.3 mile N of the named summit, Lakeview Pk (3859). The highest ground is in a cluster of evergreens inside the turn in the road as it heads from N to E. There are several candidates, all of which appear to be old man-made berm. Three candidates are around the rim of a roadside "dirt pit" with stumps and a rusty cable. Another candidate lies in an open area around to the left and behind the evergreens. The ground is obviously disturbed and there's no way to tell where the natrual summit was.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1808 ft / 549 m
    Extra Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Trailhead:Logging Road 6690  2400 ft / 731 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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