Ascent of Mount Church on 2020-06-03

Climber: Brian Call

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Church
    Elevation:4780 ft / 1456 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed via the route described in Olympic Mountain Climbing guide book. I didn’t realize that the spur road heading along the North aspect of Church Creek is long abandoned. It takes off from an inconspicuous pullout on the left hand side of the main forest road, a little after the Church Creek bridge. I Initially drove right by this departure point, finding myself at the Upper South Fork Skokomish trailhead. The defunct road is much overgrown, particularly in its first couple of miles, but still navigable as long as you are paying attention. There are lots of blowdowns, a few creek crossings, and plenty of brush to push through. The road opens up in places farther along, and the spur road that switches back a couple of times to the base of the peak is in even better shape. From the end of the road I bushwhacked North up the forested ridge. I think I left the ridge and crossed the main avalanche gully too soon, as I ended up scrambling some sketchy class 4 rock NW to the summit. Not wanting to descend that route, I dropped off the summit more South than East and found this to be less technical. I descended some moderately steep snowfields and was able to rejoin my up route on the ridge. The bushwhack is steep in parts and I used veggie belays to descend some minor cliffy sections. On the summit, fog rolled up from the Skokomish side, but I was able to get great views up and down the Wynoochie valley.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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