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Ascent of Church Mountain on 2018-09-25

Climber: Garrett Carlson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Church Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6315 ft / 1924 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started the hike up this peak about a mile down the road from the trailhead due to the bridge over Fossil Creek being in the process of getting washed out. The stream has deposited varying amounts of gravel onto the bridge and was flowing over it at about an inch deep in spots. This spot was most likely passable to any vehicle with moderate clearance but I parked in a pullout and started walking to play it safe.

The scramble over to the summit of Church consisted of a faint climber's trail with bits of class 3 and exposure scattered throughout. From the notch where you cross back over to the south side of Church, the route is pretty well cairned as the trail crosses a few loose gullies and ascends steep scree and grass slopes back to the ridge at another notch. At this point I initially began scrambling on top of the ridge right away but turned around when I encountered the exposed fourth class downclimbing mentioned on summitpost and in other trip reports. To reach the summit, I returned to the notch and continued along the climber's trail as it wrapped around to the north side of the ridge and up to the summit. There are some brief areas along this last bit of trail that have serious exposure, with one being particularly awkward since I had to stash my pack and then crouch low under tree branches growing over the exposed trail. Overall this was a nice outing save for areas of loose rock and awkward spots on the climber's trail.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4315 ft / 1315 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4315 ft / 1315 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Start Trailhead:2000 ft / 609 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Garrett Carlson
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