Ascent of Coffee Pot Hill on 2019-05-16

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:glen mizenko <11154>; Nick Mizenko
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Coffee Pot Hill
    Elevation:8346 ft / 2543 m

Ascent Trip Report

35 LOJ users have reported an ascnet up this peak plus some more PB users so it is traveled often. Glen scouted it out so I was along for the ride. The peaks are on state lands. The access to them is sketchy. He found a place to park out of the way on a pubic road and we walked up the road to where signs said no trespassing so we did not proceed past those signs. Instead we swung up hill staying off the fenced in property and it seemed out of the way and perhaps off private property and little signs of recent activity. Old cans and an old ATV trail that is no longer used. Climbing the ridge we are sure we stayed off the home owners property down at the street. Oddly, you reach a gate that says you are about to enter state trust lands. Great! We are indeed on public lands. But there was a no trespassing sign with the public land sign? What the heck? There were signs of people having hiked through there and camped with fire rings and cans. We picked up the trash along the way to be good stewards of the public lands that we paid for. Right? The signage did not explain why staying off public lands was advisable ( no falcons or elk rutting warnings etc like you normally see in those situations) and the signs were old and worn and the fence completely un-maintained and falling down so whoever put it up there years ago is not very serious about maintaining it. There is an easy game trail and old ATV trail to the summit and some decent views.

On the way down we were carrying trash in packs and hands and some wildlife sheds that we found. The lady in the house at the bottom was alarmed and wanted to know what we were doing. She figured that we had been trespassing on her ridge above but we explained we had not been on her property at all (and we had not). She insisted there were no public lands up there but the signs say differently. Another confusing area for sure. Once she realized we were NOT hunters and that we were harmless hikers picking out trash she was friendly to us and we chatted awhile. Glen is quite the charmer! After speaking to her, it does appear that we crossed private land that her neighbor owns to get to the public lands although we did it below his signage in the no-mans area. She told us that the owner of the adjacent lands would not be amenable to the crossing and we did not get the sense that they were friends. So for future reference, we are not recommending that someone follow the beginning of this track and think there is a cooperative land owner. I was going to ask if she wouldn't mind if future peakbaggers used the edge of her fence then as an access but she was so enamored with my partner's charm that the discussion strayed off to her wanting to move so that discussion probably would not have gone far.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:967 ft / 294 m
    Total Elevation Loss:661 ft / 200 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:967 ft / 294 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 952 ft / 290 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:7394 ft / 2253 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:646 ft / 196 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  7700 ft / 2346 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Evergreen-30

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Coffee Pot Hill2019-05-16 a967 ft / 295 m
3Peak 78802019-05-16 b180 ft / 55 m
3Peak 80982019-05-16 c1063 ft / 324 m
4Mount Bailey2019-05-16 d449 ft / 137 m
Total Trip Gain: 2659 ft / 811 m    Total Trip Loss: 1506 ft / 459 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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