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Ascent of Crown Point on 2009-11-01

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, November 1, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Crown Point
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:1800 ft / 548 m

Ascent Trip Report

From WA-4 ½ mile W of Cathlamet, I turned N on Elochoman Valley Rd. About 5½ miles later, I made an oblique L turn onto Crown Camp Rd. Call this point mile 0.0. At mile 0.4 I turned R onto a road that was initially paved, then soon changed to well-packed gravel. At 0.5 mile I crossed a bridge and proceeded through an open logging gate. At 0.8 mile is an intersection where a slash pile is visible blocking the road a few hundred feet ahead. The tracks turned L and there was an open logging gate soon after, flanked by numerous signs indicating recreational regulations. One of the signs references Hancock Forest Management, 360-795-3653. At 1.0 miles I went L at a fork. At 1.7 miles I stayed straight where a side road goes L into a clear cut. A white fiberglass wand says "Miner Road", though it is unclear which road it refers to. At 3.2 miles a side road comes in sharply from the L. At 3.5 miles is the junction that lies about 0.4 mile E of the quarry on the border of sections 9 and 4. The L branch continues to Crown Point and it was gated, so I parked here and continued past the gate on my bicycle. The road to this point is easily negotiable by any street-legal vehicle.

Within a few minutes I reached the quarry, and in a few more minutes I reached the sharp R turn about 1000' SE of point 1403. There is actually an unmapped junction here, where an unmapped side road heads S. I continued N around point 1403. After a long gradual ascending traverse along the S side of Crown Point, the road reached a landing at 1640' on the SW ridge of Crown. What shows as just a faint jeep track on the topo is actually a rough gravel road that could be negotiated by any high-clearance vehicle or even a passenger car with an intrepid driver. I rode my bike partway up this road, then ditched it because the gravel was quite coarse. A few minutes of hiking brought me to the razed summit. The highest ground is natural but has been excavated on three sides, leaving behind an 8' embankment on all but the E side. I climbed it this way and located a BM on a post 1' above the highest earth.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:980 ft / 298 m
    Extra Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Trailhead:Camp Creek Rd  940 ft / 286 m
    Gear Used:
Bicycle
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:40 Minutes



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