Ascent of Winters Mountain on 2010-01-10

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Winters Mountain
    Elevation:3668 ft / 1118 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cross the Cowlitz just east of Riffe Lake if the gate on the bridge is open. Go right. Pass through another gate which is hopefully open. Enter Port Blakely Tree Farm land. Driving seems to be OK, for now. Follow main road for perhaps 15 or so miles, very roughly. Many spurs but just stick with the main road. Upon reaching the 2956 junction SE of the peak, proceed generally straight and left, ie NW. Soon you'll pass a new talus spur on the left. About 100 feet after this you want to park about where the 4WD road hits the road you are on. The 4WD road is not discernable at the junction with the regular road, but a bootpath to the left in this area will lead you into the forest and you should quickly identify it. It gets sporadic use, enough to help make the path more distinct. It looks as much like a trail as a road though the roadbed is visible. Follow this up to the junction with the 4WD road coming in from the S. Then continue further N to near the peak. Once within range, head off-trail to logged over but open and brush free terrain with large stumps sticking out. No dense trees or brush to worry about on this one, for now. Gates are only at the base, nothing further up on our route. A route from the S is stopped by a gate at the Weyerhauser property boundary between sections 16 and 15 to the SSE of the summit which would make that a viable but longer route by 3 miles RT. We were very surprised to get so close to this one, epecially in January. I would have guessed beforehand that gates would be locked and from those gates this is a 30 miler.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:568 ft / 174 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:4WD Road Trail
    Trailhead:SE and Quite Close to Summit  3100 ft / 944 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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