Ascent of Lincoln County High Point on 2018-12-27

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Thursday, December 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lincoln County High Point
    Elevation:3401 ft / 1036 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a trip including Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, Polk, Lincoln, Coos, Curry, and Benton counties.

Per an earlier report, I learned it was possible to drive the forest roads from Laurel Mountain to the Lincoln County Highpoint. In fact on this occasion, the gate just below the Lincoln County Highpoint was unlocked and wide open. (More on this below.)

Saw not a soul on the roads the entire time on this stretch of wilderness. Although it was foggy and rainy, occasionally the clouds parted to fantastic views.

I was grateful for a high-clearance 4WD vehicle, not just on account of the occasional rough roads and patchy snow, but because at several points I had to drive over a downed tree -- not too big for a decent-sized pickup, but certainly too big for a mid-size SUV or to try to move on my own.

Parked at spot mentioned in Joe Whittington's report. Although it was snowy, with only a couple postholes, the walk up was relatively easy. I had snowshoes and microspikes but used neither.

Once I returned to the pickup, I was feeling pretty confident that, based on maps I'd studied and the Gaia, I could navigate the roads down to Highway 18, rather than double back. This would cut considerable time and distance off my next stop in Lincoln City. This was a mistake. Exactly at Highway 18, I encountered my first locked gate of the day. Phone calls to the Miami Corp. (owners of the gate) were not fruitful as all staff were out of the office for the holidays. I watched traffic speed past on the highway for a few minutes, helpless before I succumbed to the reality I would have to drive all the way back through to my entrance point near 99W.

Oh well. There are certainly worse places to spend one's time.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Rain, fog, snow, sun

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