Ascent of Rogers Peak on 2019-11-08

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Friday, November 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rogers Peak
    Elevation:3706 ft / 1129 m

Ascent Trip Report

Somehow Rogers Peak eluded my attention on my December 2018 trip nabbing the Oregon coastal county high points -- and again in May of this year when I returned to complete South Saddle Mountain. So I took advantage of being nearby in Wahkiakum to tackle it.

The coordinates of the locked gate mentioned in earlier reports are accurate, and it was indeed locked. I inputted those coordinates into googlemaps and it gave me the same driving directions as in other reports, so I stuck with it and it worked out fine.

The roads back here were not too bad, and I think most vehicles would probably be okay.

I spotted vehicles in the day-use area next to the highway and at the campground 1.5 miles in but none after that.

Once I got to the gate I decided to mountain bike it again to save a little time. As I was getting my shoes on, I was surprised to see a Jeep pull up and park behind me at the slightly widened spot in front of the gate. It was a father-son pair who said they were here for the last legal day of hunting. I wished them luck and was on my way.

These roads were surprisingly steep. I am ashamed to say I had to get off and walk my bike in a couple sections. But at least it was a fun and fast descent. I had some fantastic views of low clouds/fog rolling in from the Pacific along the way.

The spur to the summit is no longer a road. It could possibly be bikable but there are lots of limbs on the trail, so I stashed my bike up a little way out of view of the road.

There is a short trivial bushwhack the last 40-50 yards to the heavily-wooded summit. I found the typical red cans placed over jars for the summit register but no benchmark.

Both on my way up and on my way down I heard countless gunshots, presumably from the father/son duo as I had seen no signs of anyone else. Whomever it was, they were either just squeezing off some rounds or, if they were hunting, lousy shots.

On my way out there was an obvious growing population of campers both at the campground and incoming vehicles of all sizes I met on their way in. This being mid-afternoon on a Friday, people seemed to be getting an early start on the 3-day weekend.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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