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Ascent of Green Mountain 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:Green Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2062 ft / 628 m

Ascent Trip Report

Although I climbed Green Mtn without climbing any fences or defying any signs, the land I cross appears less than public, and I treated it as a stealth.

From I-5 near Woodland, I took exit 21 onto WA-503. Immediately after the interchange, I turned R on NE CC St. Call this point mile 0.0. At 0.2 miles I crossed the Lewis River. Immediately after the bridge, I turned L at a fork. Several miles later the road changes its name to Cedar Creek Rd. At 12.1 miles I turned L on Pup Creek Rd, across from a tan building, at a sharp right bend in Cedar Creek Rd. At 13.9 miles I turned R on Grinnell Rd where Pup Creek Rd turns sharply L. At 14.9 miles is a stop sign where you must wait for oncoming traffic to go through a 1-lane passage at a slumpoff repair. At 15.7 miles is a fork. I went R; L fork is Hedlund Rd. At 17.6 miles, I stayed straight where NE Lynch Rd goes R (S). At 17.8 miles there are two abandoned buildings up a hill on the L with a jeep track heading between them. (A gravel driveway, which is on the same side of Grinnell Rd but angles to the R of the jeep track, goes to an occupied house.) I drove up the jeep track and parked in the grass under some trees by some abandoned junk.

I hiked a few hundred feet farther along Grinnell Rd until I found a gated grassy road angling off to the L. I hiked up this road and went L at a fork in a couple of minutes; here the road zigs briefly W before resuming its northeasterly course. After perhaps 10 more minutes I encountered a cable across the road with a few ribbons hanging from it but no sign. About 100 feet later, the road intercepts the service road for the powerline that runs along the southern edge of section 32. I turned R and followed the service road as it dipped across a gully and topped out at 1560'. Here I left the road and headed N uphill. For the first 200' gain, the route crossed an open clearcut and then plunged into a brushy regrowth area. At what I estimate to be about 1950' elevation, I reached a gravel road not shown on the topo map. I headed E on the road for about a minute before deciding that it probably wasn't going to take me any closer to the summit, so I made a direct line to the summit, mostly through open brush and vines, though the summit itself is forested. The summit area's main landmark is a banyan-like moss-covered birch tree. The probable highest ground is a ridge about 40' S of the "banyan birch", but just to be sure, I walked around and stepped on other rises.

On descent, I followed the road that I had crossed just before the top on the way up. I hiked W on it as it descended along the backbone ridge of Green Mtn. There were several junctions, and I turned L at all of them. Eventually my road ended at a cul-de-sac surrounded by slash piles. I headed cross-country downhill until I intercepted the powerline road near the bottom of the gully, then retraced my ascent route down from there.

I recommend that future climbers to Green Mtn go as follows: Use my ascent route until the powerline road, but then do not follow it in either direction. Head uphill from the clearcut until your intercept a logging road, then follow it uphill to the summit ridge and finally the summit.

The logging road grid I hiked on is probably not publicly accessible by vehicle. I even tried to find it by exploring Hedlund Rd, but without success.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:972 ft / 296 m
    Elevation Loss:972 ft / 296 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:922 ft / 281 m
    Extra Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Route:"Powerline Rd"
    Trailhead:Grinnell Rd  1200 ft / 365 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:912 ft / 278 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Trailhead:Grinnell Rd  1200 ft / 365 m



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