Ascent of Wind Mountain on 2018-12-05

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
Date:Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wind Mountain
    Elevation:1907 ft / 581 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a pleasant trail hike to an easily accessible Columbia Gorge summit. Public. Approached from roads on the W as mapped. The dirt roads noted on the topo are now paved and rural residential. A parking area is found at the key saddle, across from a borrow pit. From there you want to stay on the road going downhill clockwise for a few hundred yards as noted in other TRs. Find a marked trail sign and this is your trail. Trail is in good condition, a bit talus-y in bits and with a few trees down but no real issues. Several other parties on the mountain even on this weekend. You can see the route and the track, there really are no trail junctions aside from the old faint trail from the North that leaves from behind the berm. Passes through scenic lush re-growth forest. There are some views as you near the main switchback and also near the summit towards the Gorge. I found the peak to be well named as a strong wind was blowing at at least 30 MPH on the summit during a dry winter-y day. Interesting old native rock creations near the summit. This is a nice peak and a good option for a winter day with decent weather. I did not see any signs indicating a NW Forest Pass was required at all. The peak was of interest to me because of the status as an error range P1000 with the 80 foot contours but it's a worthwhile, albeit short hike in general.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1147 ft / 349 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:Key Saddle  960 ft / 292 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Noel
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