Ascent of Rattlesnake Hills Lookout on 2019-03-29

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Friday, March 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rattlesnake Hills Lookout
    Elevation:3629 ft / 1106 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jeremy Benezra and I took an impromptu trip to some lower-elevation county high points.

We got to the turnoff from WA-241 just after dark. The second gate is within 1/4-mile of the first. Neither were locked. We hit snow about 2 miles from the summit and found it slushy enough with mud underneath that we would have gotten stuck. No worries. We walked most of our distance sans headlamps, letting the brilliant stars and the orange glow from Yakima and the Tri-Cities guide us.

Once at the summit we found no benchmark, though we combed the area for about 15 minutes looking for it.

We made it back down to the vehicle and set up our tents. It was a pretty excellent place to camp.

In the morning we packed up with thoughts of hitting up Indian Rock. We were prepared for a lengthy road walk but judged the distance from Satus Pass to be more than we wanted for the day. Off to Sturgeon Rock instead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:358 ft / 109 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Trailhead:3271 ft / 997 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Mud/Swamp, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles

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