Ascent of Tekoa Mountain on 2018-08-05
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, August 5, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4009 ft / 1221 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAccess and coordination: The Center of Lift (Spokane hang gliding and parasailing club) has an access agreement and good relationship with the owners of Tekoa Mountain. I looked around the Center of Lift website and found phone numbers for members who coordinate access with the landowner. One of these kind people provided the landowner's phone number to me and gave some information about accessing the mountain. I spoke with the very gracious landowner, who was even enthusiastic about me wanting to hike to the top. I described some of the approaches from different roads as options, and asked him which would be least obtrusive. He suggested that I just hike up the main road (Summer Road) to the summit, and that the best place to park is by the billboard (the next nearest turnoff towards town--see gpx tracks). There is a locked gate a short ways up Summer Road, which he said I should just walk around. He was out of town and lamented that he could have just opened the gate for me to drive up if he was around! How nice. He also recommended "bring your pistol" due to wildlife known to occur in the area.
My hike (see tracks): I parked under the billboard as suggested, walked up the highway a short bit and turned up Summer Road, which winds around to the summit. RT 6 miles and about 1500 ft gain. If you stay on the main road, you avoid cheatgrass (spiny plant things that get in socks). I saw evidence of predator activity and was glad to have bear spray with me. The radio tower is uneventful and I gridded the area.
Final thoughts: Center of Lift has clearly put a lot of work into this relationship with the landowner, and I felt lucky that he is so accomodating to recreationalists. I tried to do my part to be unobtrusive and thankful in my interactions with both parties.
Fire is a huge risk here so I understand the landowner does not allow access from about August until it gets wet again. For more info on people/phone numbers/predators feel free to email me--I try not to just blast that stuff online.
This marked my 26th WA county high point!
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| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
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