Ascent of Rogers Peak on 2020-05-03

Climber: Michael Quint

Date:Sunday, May 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rogers Peak
    Elevation:3706 ft / 1129 m

Ascent Trip Report

Decided to stick a little closer to home this weekend.

I put in the coordinates for Rogers Peak in Google Maps, which took me pretty close to the yellow Gilmore Road gate. The drive was uneventful save for a few quad riders on the way in. The logging road has mile signs posted on the way which makes it easier to determine where I was at in relation to the gate. The gate is after mile post 7 (probably after the 7.5 mark - I didn't see the sign on the way back). I ended up parking a little too soon at the 6.5 mile post adding another couple miles to my round trip.

The hike was on a relatively deserted but well maintained logging road. After I passed the gate, I spied a logged hill. There were couple of choices, where I could either go up the hill or take the longer route that had a nicer incline but added distance to my overall trip - I chose the longer route. Once I got to the top of that first hill, I kept on climbing while looking out for the highest peak in the range until I came to a fork in the road. The left side led to a clearing that gave me a direct view of the peak itself to the east and of Saddle Mountain in the distance to the Northwest. The right side led to the destination. I proceeded down the road, until I eventually came to a reclaimed road and used it to obtain the summit. The summit was a small clearing with no views to speak of. I didn't find any geo-benchmarks or logs.

Afterwards I grabbed the nameless peaks to the east of it and another logged out peak to the north just in case. The last peak (and a review once I got home) confirmed that my first ascent was the correct one.

What I'd do different:
For recon, I checked a few of the GPS tracks on peakbagger and tried to get a hint of what to expect via summit post. Although I ended up bagging the peak, I'd bring a GPS to ensure I bagged it and to save time. The good news is that I can confirm that Matt Varney and Paul McClellan's GPS tracks are correct. My route followed Paul McClellan's path with an extra mile added to the round trip.

I didn't see a soul - if remoteness gets to you, I'd bring protection.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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