Ascent of Lime Creek Mountain on 2006-06-23

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Friday, June 23, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Lime Creek Mountain
    Elevation:4739 ft / 1444 m

Ascent Trip Report

As a climb, Lime Creek Mountain is a very short and easy walk-up by the most obvious route. From the Deep Lake Road to the southwest of the peak take the signed turnoff for Black Canyon Road. This road is passable to any passenger car, but was a bit muddy during a June visit. Stay on the main road the entire way, ignoring all lesser spur roads and staying left at a steepish fork at circa 4000 ft. The road will pass beyond private property on the lower stretch, then switchback South and then east onto the ridge, with parking at the open and obvious saddle. From this location the way ahead can be seen. I chose to take a an overgrown road as the less overgrown and more easterly of the spurs seen from the saddle was heading too far east and downhill. I followed the overgrown spur for a few minutes, then decided it wasn't going to the summit and struck off uphill. After 75 feet or so I stumbled onto another road which appeared abandoned but in fairly good condition. This road went right up to within 150 feet of the summit. Unfortunately, there is a large pile of logging slash just before the summit which requires either circling around briefly or clambering over the tree debris. At the top is a fairly unremarkable summit. From here views to the major logging and road building taking place on the south side of the mtn can be seen. I descended the way I came, once the good road abruptly ended I just dropped down to the right and picked up the overgrown road back to the saddle. It is possible that the summit could be accessed from other ways, but it is probably not interesting enough to merit a longer excursion and there is likely no other option for making it an even shorter one.

The ownership of the land is not certain but it shows on at least one map as Washington Department of Natural Resources property. Regardless of who owns it, there is no negative signage and no reason to worry about accessing the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:939 ft / 286 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:3800 ft / 1158 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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