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Ascent of West Rock on 2020-04-19

Climber: Brian Call

Date:Sunday, April 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Rock
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4211 ft / 1283 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing East Rock a few days earlier, I thought I would give West Rock a shot. Laura and I drove up Cabin Creek Road and parked at the 2335’ junction where snow started. The road was good save the frequent water bars, several of which require high clearance. Laura and I walked the right branch road to where it re-crosses the drainage just shy of 2800 feet and begins a long South-North switchback. Here we decided to shortcut by bushwhacking to the right of the creek, intersecting the road at ~3080 feet. From here we continued to bushwhack up the drainage. This next section was much steeper but okay as bushwhacking goes. Cresting the hillside next to the creek, we descended a slight ways in snow to West Rock’s West basin. It was snowy but melting out, forming an awkward labyrinth of snowdrifts, soggy ground, and rivulets. Once across the basin, we continued climbing East through partly snowy forest. Snow cover was most consistent at the edge of the basin and higher up the mountainside, in the last few hundred feet below the false summit. A short ridge traverse with some minor ups and downs led to the true summit, which was an easy scramble. There was a register made from an electrolyte tube that was placed in 2012 with only one additional entry, in 2015. Views were partly obscured by clouds and fog this day, but I know from my climb of East Rock that they are superb. We carried but did not use snowshoes, spikes, and axes. We were able to descend our ascent route without issue.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1876 ft / 571 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1876 ft / 571 m
    Start Trailhead:2335 ft / 711 m
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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