Ascent of Goose Rock on 2018-12-31

Climber: Rob Anthony

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, December 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Goose Rock
    Elevation:484 ft / 147 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the fairy over to Whidbey Island for the day from Port Townsend while visiting my mom and her husband over the holidays. After walking around Fort Casey, we had lunch in Coupeville, before driving out to Deception Pass. We walked the bridge over to Pass Island (where I think I inadvertently got the highpoint) and on to the mainland. We retraced out steps back to the car and that is when I noticed the trail sign for "Goose Rock Summit."

I was pretty excited to see that it had over 300' prominence and decided to run up the peak while my wife, mother and her husband went on to South Beach to the West.

It's a nice trail that climbs at a moderate clip. I didn't have my GPS watch with me, so elevations are based on my phone and distances from the trail sign. I was not able to run the whole way, which really motivates extra work in the New Year. I arrived at the top of the rock in about 6 minutes and was greeted by fantastic views of Whidbey Island, the Straight of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic mountains in the distance. There was one other couple on the summit with two dogs whom I could help but play a bit with.

I then ran back down to the start if the trail and continued on to South Beach and the campground where I met up with my family.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:334 ft / 101 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:334 ft / 101 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Goose Rock Trail
    Start Trailhead:Goose Rock Trailhead off WA-20  150 ft / 45 m
    Time:6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Goose Rock Trail
    End Trailhead:Goose Rock Trailhead off WA-20  
    Time:5 Minutes

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