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Ascent of Quiemuth Peak on 2018-11-16

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Friday, November 16, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Quiemuth Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2922 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: 100 yards in, at the fork with 2 gates there are a whole lot of blue no trespassing signs to the right. One is ambiguously places such that it *may* indicate the road to the left is off-limits also. I assume this is the adjacent property owner’s intent, to deter travelers like us. As it was I encountered several hunters driving the road (how did they get keys, by the way?) who did not bat an eye at us.

Confession: I did not take the bushwhack but instead opted for the road. Although this was not my initial plan (though for what it is worth the point where the bushwhack generally begins is relatively easy to spot), I opted for the road at the last minute for a few reasons:
* It had been raining heavily and I did not want to contend with wet vegetation on steep terrain;
* My boots are presently at the cobbler for repair after a season of abuse;
* My dogs and I were rear-ended at high speed on I-5 earlier this week and are all still relatively stiff and sore — so I was certain that slipping and sliding would not be the best for me today.

As it is the roads up to and around the summit have long been decommissioned, with felled trees and branches to deter motorists of small vehicles. (And it certainly does appear to have been overkill in spots.). So the road offers a fair amount of hopping over and crouching under obstacles, albeit on gentler terrain. Even still the logs were considerably wet and slippery.

This is not a bad route, just more circuitous and less timely. Mileage was 10.5 miles in 4.5 hours including lunch at the cairn (we are slow today). Map reading and route finding skills are essential as these old roads are an entangled web and there are multiple junctions. Also the last section to the summit cairn requires bushwhacking no matter what route you take.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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