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Ascent of Pigeon Peak on 2016-08-20

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Saturday, August 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pigeon Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4280 ft / 1304 m

Ascent Trip Report

It took three tries, but I finally got up Pigeon Peak. I'm glad I didn't let the record high temperatures dissuade me. 95 degrees at Sea-Tac Airport yesterday, hottest day of the year so far, and 91 degrees today.

The approach route has been devastated, so it's now a brush-basher's paradise. Got stung on the neck shortly after leaving the car, but the initial pain quickly faded. After crossing the West Fork of the White River on a log, I tried reaching Van Horn Falls and and the Northern Loop Trail on that side of the river, but it was a dead end. The river is too close to the cliffs of Pigeon Peak. Besides, it's not worth the effort going that far, even where the trail used to be.

Backtracking, I went up Pigeon Peak's NE side. Unfortunately, the route taken up was too close to the peak and I had to force myself to squeeze through many closely packed trees, often on my hands and knees, barely making it. Shortly below the summit, there is another similar viewpoint I was disappointed wasn't the summit.

There was no pencil in the register, so I left the one I always carry with me. The register is getting worn out with holes on it, and needs a new one, though the notebook inside is okay. I put it inside an old can that was nearby to try to keep it dry. Redstone Peak is impressive-looking from the summit. Before leaving, I put a few more rocks on the cairn.

On the descent, I went down adjacent to the route up, just a mite further north, close to a dry streambed where there was more old growth, a much better route, but still steep and brushy. Many down sloping and sideways facing logs were used to avoid the brush. Well, at least as much as possible.

9 and 1/2 hours round trip.
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