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Ascent of Togo Mountain on 2018-10-07

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
Date:Sunday, October 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Togo Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6161 ft / 1877 m

Ascent Trip Report

So this peak sucked. Public. I approached from the Little Boulder Creek Road then 300 which are good roads but have several spots where there is sluffing off and it may fail in the future. But there are likely other approaches. Then the 340 which is not a bad road but not a good road either. 2WD high clearance I'd say, definitely no showstoppers or 4WD needed so really not too bad. The 340 had an open gate with no informational signage that was open. From below, I thought this was going to be a nice easy ridge run with minimal gain and it appeared to have limited brush. There are views of the Kettle Crest from throughout.

Started off pretty well with some minor brush regrowth and lots of downed burned logs that were minimal stepovers. The burned forest turned out to be the best part. A bit of up and down on the ridge. You can see where I contoured a bit on the S side as it was more open and grassy that way. As you go on, the going gets worse. The low level brush is never bad and there are young larches but those aren't bad either. However the issue is all sorts of jackstrawed trees along the ridgeline. Really it's probably the last third or so of the ridge that is the worst, particularly in the saddle below the summit. Anyway, from the 6000'+ summit I found a bit of steep drop-off so I contoured S again. Here we found a cow and then I leashed Bobby up which was good because we soon started a cowvalanche as we startled a herd down the slope. We dropped a little bit on the S trending direction to get off of 6000+. Then the jackstrawed trees got really bad. The smattering of fresh snow made it worse too. It was very tedious and the pace slowed to a crawl. Bobby was a trooper as always but this was a tough one for him as he had to go over hundreds of logs. Plugged on and finally made the summit which was an obvious rock with cairn. By then it was 4PM and I was worried about getting off by dark. Especially being solo and with snow predicted overnight. I seriously considered just trying to drop off of the S slope to the road and then walking road out. But instead I started a bit further S and decided to try to contour since it seemed better off of the ridge and worst case I could always still drop and the further I went the shorter drop to road. You can see on the GPS track that the more southerly direction which actually worked well on the descent back to where I went back up the steep ramp to regain 6000+'. Follow my track there as it's on point. From there, it varies, I threaded as best as I could but there were still a fair number of trees to work through in the middle section. I mean, whatever, it's very doable but just unpleasant. Too bad the fire didn't burn more of the logs. Made it back to the car before dark and exited with no issues. Overall, I think my S most tracked route is solid but not perfect. The undergrowth will probably get worse over time. Too bad about all of the jackstrawed trees or it would have been a pleasant low key ridge run. No doubt not as bad without the fresh snow either.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:961 ft / 292 m
    Extra Gain:280 ft / 85 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Trailhead:NW Saddle  5760 ft / 1755 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3 log hopping
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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