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Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2015-02-07

Climber: Adrian Alegria

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 7, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Blue Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the Deer Ridge Trail route on this hike. I highly recommend it. During the summer you can take Deer Park Road to within 1/4 mile of the summit, don't do it. If you want to get the most out of the hike do it tomorrow. Deer Ridge Trail is 4.5 miles with approximately 2,500 ft gain, not too bad, very gradual. About 1/2 mile to Deer Park there was a mix of rain and snow, with wind gusts around 25 knots. I'm no meteorologist, but darn it felt like a blizzard. Thankfully, I had my rain gear. The rain soon became snow at Deer Park, which is appx. 1.5 miles from the summit. The road up to the summit was caked in 6-12 inches of snow. According to other trip reports, this is a great snowshoeing destination, obviously not, due to the fact that I was the only one up there. I don't own a pair of snowshoes, I'm just a stubborn man. I donned my microspikes for precaution. Got to the sign that informs hikers that it is a 1/2 mile loop around the summit. I made my ascent and quickly took a man selfie then came back down. The wind sucked and it felt like I was in a shaved ice machine. Just my luck, the snow slowed on the way down. I will update my report with directions to the Deer Ridge trailhead, this is my second trip report and I really want other hikers to experience Deer Ridge. For such a simple hike, it definitely had it's challenges. Had to use layering throughout my trip.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Overcast/Rain/Snow



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