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Ascent of Mount Wow on 2018-09-23

Climber: Andrew Yi

Others in Party:Garrett Carlson
Date:Sunday, September 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Wow
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6040 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked about 0.3 miles from the end of the Goat Creek road, as a washout made passing over it with our low clearance vehicle a bit sketchy. We walked the remainder of the road to the beginning of the "trailhead", which is easy going at first. You will reach a "Y" junction soon thereafter, stay left. After a few hundred yards of walking, you will need to bushwhack through some thick trees with nasty branches that will hit you in the face down to Goat Creek to your right. Thankfully this is short and the creek crossing is trivial.

Then the "fun" began. First, the bushwhack from hell. We had to clamber through Lucifer's armory itself: devil's club, slide alder, wet thick brush, and wet saplings with tree branches that will constantly smack you in the face. We "armored up" with hardshells and I wore a buff to protect my face.

At around the 3800 contour line, the bushwhacking thankfully ceases. You want to more or less directly stay on top of the southwest ridge crest. The ridge is steep, there is no trail. Just pick a faint "path" of sorts and head up the path of least resistance. It is steep, muddy, and covered with slick, slimy tree branches. It is tedious and time consuming to say the least.

Eventually, reach the 5700 contour line and make your way to climber's right, and scramble up to gain Point 5722. You will want to traverse to climber's right and drop down into a saddle. From there, it is easy going; simply head up towards the summit of Mount Wow. There is some trivial class 2, nothing to worry about. It is a bit steep and covered with wet, slick brush at this time however.

The views from the top are exceptional. A truly world class view of Mount Rainier.

The descent sucks. No other way to put it. Going down the ridge covered with "poop" (i.e. mud, wet, slimy logs) makes good footing and shoes with good traction essential. It is very easy to slip on the slimy branches. I made the mistake of wearing non-waterproof approach shoes - the smooth rubber on the approach shoes was not the best choice, and my feet were thoroughly soaked.

In summary, I cannot say that I particularly enjoyed this peak, besides the views at the top. This route is truly a dumpster dive. Perhaps the Boundary Trail or Lake Allen approach is better.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:2
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 22 Minutes



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