Ascent of Weatherwax Ridge on 2020-05-14

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Becca Romig
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 14, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Weatherwax Ridge
    Elevation:2736 ft / 833 m

Ascent Trip Report

Road 200 is definitely growing in with brush, but there is always a single track of clear walking from the car to the saddle. We made it to the TH in a Subaru Outback without any issues. From the saddle, we hit the 2 western peaks first, opting to go past them to get on to a very nice low-angle ridge that required no effort to leave the road to get up to the ridge - Becca's brilliant idea. The stroll from west to east to the first summit was wide open forest and very nice. After stomping around all the possible highest dirt piles next to stumps on top, we made the short walk to the second summit, covering every contender there too. From the second summit, we intended to follow Greg Slayden's ascent track, but ended up just zig-zagging our way straight down to the road, finding a good spot to make the steep drop to the actual road. The road between the peaks is very recently maintained and has no brush. Heeding Greg's TR advice to skip the old road bed up the south ridge of the easternmost bump, we opted to stay just left (west) of the old road bed in the nice older growth open forest, which made for the least steep ascent slope angle, coupled with no brush. Then at the very top, we pushed through a little brush to top out. The high point appears to be a bit west of the large open clear spot, but we covered every possible contender to be sure. No views on any of the 3 contenders. We again encountered fresh mountain lion poop right near the saddle, this one from today, but likely not as fresh as the still-steaming pile from Rock Pk. It appears that the mountain lions like the same peaks that we chose to bag today. After another louder chatty walk down, we arrived back at the car to head for the WA coast for a socially distant stroll and some takeout BBQ from a good place in Ocean Shores. While on the beach, we had a bald eagle land right near us, allowing for some incredible close pictures.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:611 ft / 186 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:611 ft / 186 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Start Trailhead:2125 ft / 647 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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