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Ascent of Pacific County High Point on 2019-05-29

Climber: Michael Quint

Date:Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pacific County High Point
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3000 ft / 914 m

Ascent Trip Report

Happy to finally get this one and on a beautiful day! My buddy Dave and I failed to get this last November although we were very close - within 2.5 miles at some point.

I snagged a spring permit from Rayonier Hunting's website for $35 (only accessible between January 1st and June 31st) and downloaded the map of the Fossil Creek area. After printing out the map I highlighted the most efficient route to our destination, cross referencing with Google maps and CalTopo. This acted as a good companion to my buddies GPS.

Dave and I met up in Kelso and drove to the Fossil Creek grounds where we were able to gain access behind a logging truck - inside the gates were open all the way to the highpoint. However, we stopped on the 7200 forest road shy by about 6 miles as there were logging setups in the way and began the forest road jaunt to the high point - one logger mentioned seeing a mountain biker a few weeks ago (Jeremy Fuerst I presume).

Near the destination, we ended up crossing a berm on to a reclaimed forest road and followed it to the summit clearing (as mentioned on summitpost) - we had some great views of the property although nothing 360.

On the way back to the car, we ended up trying to save distance by taking a lower road near a saddle point - this was a mistake as the road dead ended but we recovered by ascending a boot/deer path to the 7200 forest road which we should have originally taken. Lesson learned and an extra workout.

We made it to the car with no further problems and were able to get past the access gate behind another vehicle.

Note to future climbers: call Rayonier and ask about getting a key to the gates for access...it may save you a 20-24 mile trip
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Pacific County High Point across the valley as viewed from the 7200 forest road (2019-05-29). Photo by Michael Quint.
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