Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2019-04-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, April 14, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3040 ft / 926 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMTB to within 100 horizontal meters of the peak. Accessed via Jim Creek Navy Recreation facility, DoD ID required. Took Twin Lakes MTB trail to a split just before the lakes and then took an old logging road to a gate, leaving navy land. Hopped the gate to Weyerhauser land and then more uphill grind on logging roads to the summit. Summit is just above the gravel road in a slash pile. Two contenders which I covered on foot. Can’t tell which is higher, best to do both. Ride down was excellent! Ended up with a front flat tire partway down. Was easy to change and back on my way in under 10 minutes.
Another part of this trip was scouting out options for Wheeler Mountain. The obvious road towards Wheeler, NF–035, has a gate and no trespassing signs posted by the Navy. If it was a private timber company posting no trespassing, I would just ignore it. However, Navy security does patrol this road as it is the driving route to Twin Lakes, so I do not think it is wise to trespass to get to Wheeler following the main Jim Creek drainage via the navy base.
Track went a little haywire in the trees on the descent, probably because I was hauling so much ass... Pics
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2490 ft / 758 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Bicycle|
| Gain on way in:||2490 ft / 758 m|
| Distance:||16.9 mi / 27.2 km|
| Start Trailhead:||550 ft / 167 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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