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Ascent of McCulloch Peak on 2016-11-19

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, November 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:McCulloch Peak
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:2155 ft / 656 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this peak on a whim after dropping my son off at a friend's house in Lebanon. From Hwy 99, I drove west from Lewisburg on Lewisburg Rd for 1.3 mi, right turn onto Sulphur Springs Rd for 2.5 mi past the popular Lewisburg Saddle Trailhead, left where Soap Creek Rd forks right on Sulphur Springs Road which is marked "no outlet" and "pavement ends" , parked .6 mi further near 2 locked gates (parking for 3-4 cars but more space along road back the way I came). A couple of women I met half way down this road (at Sulphur Springs?) told me to start further down at the locked gate where all roads from lead up to the top, but, taking the less traveled right fork, I past a woman jogger who told me this road doesn't go to the top, and there's signs to follow on the left fork, so I went back down to my car and, taking the left fork, found the first sign .7 mi up the gravel road. Of all the side roads, only the gravel roads intersecting near the top weren't signed with an arrow toward the peak, but, there, my Peakbagger app directed me .4 mi southwest, and the road in that direction led to the top. Luckily, since I'd only carried a small water bottle and a light rainjacket, I hiked under intermittent sun and only a few drops of rain at the top. The gravel roads weren't muddy from the recent rains but sometimes covered in wet leaves. However, it was unrelenting uphill, sometimes relatively easy, other times relatively steep. This sign at .7 mi in indicated the fork in the road to the right would have been 3.7 mi rather than 2.4 mi farther, which I assume would be less steep.

See "Ascent of McCulloch Peak by John E Sarna on 2018-01-14" for the same route I took with GPS in hand.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1565 ft / 477 m
    Elevation Loss:1565 ft / 477 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1565 ft / 477 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:left fork at sign for McCullough indicating 2.4 mi
    Trailhead:locked gate on Sulphur Springs Rd  590 ft / 179 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1565 ft / 477 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Trailhead:locked gate on Sulphur Springs Rd  590 ft / 179 m



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