Ascent of Kelly Peak on 2018-12-31
|Others in Party:||Romig|
|Date:||Monday, December 31, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2150 ft / 655 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFor our second peak of the day, Becca and I made our way out Dan Kelly Road to the gated gravel road that leads up to Kelly peak. It was open, however, there were signs that prohibit motorized access but allow non-motorized access. So, since our plan was to enjoy a hike together on this beautiful day, we park the car out of the way, and began our hike up. As soon as you make the left turn near the crest of the main ridge of the mountain and begin to head east, the views of the Olympics open up to the south. At various points along the main crest, you can see Mount Angeles, unicorn horn, Mount Carrie, the Elwah valley, and even all the way out to the point of Neah bay. We also had peekaboo views of Canada, eh. We were able to make it out to the city of Victoria, Sky Pilot, and lots of big snowy peaks beyond! Cascade views were limited and we only saw Mount Baker at one point low on the mountain, The switchback at 1400 feet. The summit has excellent views north to Victoria and south to the Elwha Valley.
We took our usual summit pictures to document a successful ascent of a P1K, then we made our way down the road to the point where Ken Jones went bushwhacking to another contender. At this point, we turned up hill and made our way into the woods. It wasn’t bad. Hopping over fallen logs was the toughest part. After locating two or three contenders, we found parts of an old Road bed combined with a bit of a game trail and followed that back to the main road. I actually think that the ground near the antenna is higher, but there is really no way to tell for sure. Best to bag every possible contender. Besides, the jumping victory photos were of a much higher quality on the open ground near the antenna, jumping in the heavily brushed contender to the west would have resulted in pain.
We also took some time at the large overlook below the summit to enjoy the stunning views of the Olympics on this bluebird clear day. While this may appear to be a logging country dumpster dive, it was actually beautiful, especially for the Olympic views! This was definitely the perfect peak for us to close out our 2018 daylight peakbagging adventures. So glad that we are both back on the trail after our recent convalescence!
Onward to a nice dinner in Port Angeles with my beautiful wife! Here’s to all of our peakbagging success in 2019! Pics
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1284 ft / 391 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack|
| Gain on way in:||1284 ft / 391 m|
| Distance:||4.3 mi / 6.9 km|
| Start Trailhead:||866 ft / 263 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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