Ascent of Goose Egg Mountain on 2010-05-30

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Sunday, May 30, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Goose Egg Mountain
    Elevation:4566 ft / 1391 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a surprisingly easy and pleasant mtn. Goose Egg is a serious mtn on several faces with a sheer cliff on the E and lots of lurking class 3/4. But this route is a nice brush free walkup through eastside pine forest to a good viewpoint. The short version is hike the SW ridge, it is just moderately steep forest with minimal brush and a good bootpath for much of the way. I recommend the hike although it is short enough that you probably want to pair it up with other peaks. Despite the paucity of info on the internet I found that lots of others had been here before me. The long version:

From the South Fork Tieton Road turn N on road 711. Immediately on the right is a discernable trail. I did not use this but the only beta I could find online for this peak indicated that someone else had used it to get up the peak so it may work. Instead I continued on until turning right before a CG, with water running over the road in this marshy area. Go right at the boat ramp and then I parked at a big day use area parking lot. I walked a jeep track until it met with some power lines and then angled up to a local road HP at 3100'. Here I headed off into the woods. As it steepened up at 3250' I saw some trees with blue ribbons and found a bootpath angling R here. I took this and then switchbacked L at a sandy open area at 3350'. Followed the braided somewhat faint bootpath onto the L side of the ridge for a bit until maybe 3550'. Then I was back on the R side of the ridge for a while and by now the bootpath was getting close to a trail. From 3650' to 3800' it was right on the ridge and perhaps at its steepest though not bad. Up to this point I don't think I was ever further than 100' horizontal from the ridge. At 3800' the trail dropped a bit more off the R side of the ridge. But eventually it angles up and hits the ridge at 4150'. It's well trodden by this point so just follow the trail. Finally, at about 4400' I got to where the summit was due E. Here the terrain becomes a broad flattish grassy plateau although be aware of lurking droppoffs SE of the summit. In this grassy area I found the path became faint so I just headed over directly to the summit. The summit is an easily discernable solid talus pile that is still a walkup. Find the PVC register and even a kite on top. No difficulties. Down low I just tried to stick toward the ridgeline whenever bootpaths diverted and then up high it was so distinct that it was no issue.

I followed the trail down. At about 3600' it really dropped steeply off of the climber's right (South) side. I knew this wasn't exactly where I was headed but the distances were small so I stuck with it. It stayed good until about 3300' where the terrain flattens out. Here it just seemed to die so I never found that good connection with a road. It might be there somewhere, perhaps the trail at the turnoff. In any event, it was still an easy walk through the forest back for the quarter mile to my car from there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1606 ft / 489 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1606 ft / 489 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1586 ft / 483 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1566 ft / 477 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:SW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Day Use Parking Lot  3000 ft / 914 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1586 ft / 483 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1566 ft / 477 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:SW Ridge
    End Trailhead:Day Use Parking Lot  3000 ft / 914 m

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