Ascent of Yamsay Mountain on 2015-08-08

Climber: Craig Willis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 8, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Yamsay Mountain
    Elevation:8196 ft / 2498 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wedged in the middle of a long peakbagging/road trip weekend in Oregon was Yamsay Mountain. This peak reminded me of two mountains further north. First, the appearance from the west (from Klamath Marsh) was very similar to the western appearance of Calispell Peak in NE Washington. Second, the hike itself along a road-trail through evergreen forests where the summit is not seen until almost upon it, seemed very similar to Monument 83 Peak located along the BC/WA border... although Yamsay Mountain is a much shorter hike. The road-trail has a lot of blowdowns but they are easy to cross over or around. The access road is drivable by most street legal vehicles except those with very low clearance and/or those who do not want scratches. My car got scratches all along the sides due to tight spots with bushes (and few turnaround locations) during the final stretch of road. Some good views at the top as well as foundation remnants from a previous lookout tower... but otherwise this is a straightforward, boring peak. Adventurous people with GPS devices can bypass the upper switchbacks of the road-trail but caution should be taken in doing so as many of the forested slopes look identical.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1686 ft / 514 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Trailhead:6510 ft / 1984 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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