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Ascent to Parrett Mountain-electrified fence to north of top on 2017-02-18

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, February 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Parrett Mountain - electrified fence to north of top
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:1230 ft / 374 m
    Remaining Elevation:17 ft / 6 m (7% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

On driving on SW Parrett Mtn Road to a point nearest the coordinates for this peak, I found yet another mtn top fenced off in someone's back yard with a gated driveway. Hoping the high point might lie on the other side of this line of three expensive houses, I drove back down the road, taking a left on NE Haugen Road, where the land was unfenced forest. Parking in a pull-off across from an old gated road, which I hoped might lead to the top, it became a hike up a maze of unmaintained trails through the forest, a steep uphill jaunt to a glassy area leading up to a house. Walking on the grass, now gently uphill, brought me up to an electrified fence, beyond which was a house on higher ground. I walked the fence in both directions, noting the highest ground must be behind the fence, but no one was around to talk to, and the only entrance was an old gate with a rusty latch, which didn't seem appropriate to go through, being quite close to one of the houses, so I turned away and retreated to my car. Hence, I once again gave up bagging a peak though I stood within a few vertical feet of the top, this time from two sides and not more than 50 yards away. The criteria I learned from other climbers was, to claim a peak, I must touch the highest natural point (trees and brush not included); see http://www.cohp.org/FAQs_and_Rules.html for a good description of "rules" for claiming a high point. So this is yet another peak climb that I must list as an attempt.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:210 ft / 64 m
    Elevation Loss:210 ft / 64 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:210 ft / 64 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:from the north
    Trailhead:NE Haugen Road at 45.313051, -122.885801  1020 ft / 310 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:210 ft / 64 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:NE Haugen Road at 45.313051, -122.885801  1020 ft / 310 m



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