Ascent of Gypsy Peak on 2019-08-01

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Thursday, August 1, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gypsy Peak
    Elevation:7320 ft / 2231 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was part of a 2.5-day push on the following Washington & Idaho counties: Stevens, Pend Oreille, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Benewah, and Latah.

The first 4 of these are grizzly country, and I had my dogs in tow, so I resorted to one of my pet peeves: I used the external speaker on my phone. Mostly I was just listening to episodes of The Sharp End and The Enormocast.

Headed here with my dogs right after doing Abercrombie.

The road is gravel for 11 miles to the trailhead and progressively gets worse until the last 2 miles when you will definitely want high clearance. Even before then it is narrow, and I met two sizable pickups where some creativity was required to allow one another space. I passed 2 gates, both with signs of dates they would be closed: the first from 12/1 to 5/15, the second from 8/15 to 11/30.

Mind the unmarked junction once you approach the ridgeline about 1.5 miles in; I went about 1/4-mile off route following the trail before I realized I was venturing away from the objective. Along the ridgeline there is not much of a trail and it is choose-your-own adventure. You can either follow the contours around the bumps to minimize elevation gain and loss, or you can just go for it up and over. I chose the latter as I always prefer getting a better and earlier view of what is to come. At this point in the day the elevation gain and loss felt like a pain in the ass. I was glad to have it done.

Not a soul at the trailhead or on the entire route besides us.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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