Ascent of Bigfoot Hill on 2020-06-29

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bigfoot Hill
    Elevation:3080 ft / 938 m

Ascent Trip Report

Useful beta:
If you have a mountain bike, I think that my way is pretty darn good and avoids the Hwy 9 driving that Greg had to do. With all these damn texting drivers, I am scared of biking on major roads like that. For a recreational permit, call 425-820-3420 or go to The non-motorized permit is $40 and good from date of issue through Dec 31st each year; no access July 3-5 every year. You have to fill out a paper and mail it in with a check, quaint.

My story:
What a day. I was supposed to conduct a land-clearing fire on our property on Friday and pick my car up on the property at the same time, as I had left it there when Becca, the boys, and I went backcountry skiing on Thursday near Baker Ski Area. Well, it was too windy on Friday, so we had to postpone to Monday, stranding my car up there and putting a solid end time on my Monday adventure as I had to be back on Whidbey Island by 3:30pm on Monday. I caught a ride from Shoreline to Whidbey early in the morning with my carpool buddy Ed, who graciously put my MTB in his Prius and dropped me at my property to pick up my Yaris. I made my way to the Hillside gate and the adventure began. If I had my car and no time constraint I would have done Sloan with Connor, much more fun... Becca really wanted me to get something good too, but was quite happy that I settled for this one, which I have had as a plan B for about a month now.

Becca bought me a "Swytch" bike conversion kit that you can use to turn a regular MTB into an e-assist MTB. I had used it around my neighborhood, but this was its first test on a mountain. It half-failed. It doesn't have a normal quick release front tire, and has nuts on a screw. I had no wrench to tighten them, so my hand tightening resulted in a lost nut somewhere between 2100-2500 ft. I then had to worry about losing my locking washer for the ride up Bigfoot NE and Bigfoot main. The short brush bashes were not too bad. I came up with an ingenious idea to use some of that neon flagging tape to secure my washer to the front forks of my bike and it worked better than the nut on the other side, which required hand-tightening about 5 more times on the ride. The neon tape never required adjustment - worked flawlessly. I encountered a dump truck, excavator, and pickup between Bigfoot and Haner. None asked for my permit. Haner was brushy and the highest stump I could find was fine when I went up it to survey for higher ground and was swarming with red ants when I looked down and saw those little fuckers. Be careful! None bit me thankfully. The ride back to Bigfoot was pleasant. The battery died when I was about 2900 ft just west of Stewart, which I skipped per Greg's advice. I put it in my backpack and made my way to the beginning of the downhill and enjoyed the cruise down. I went slow between 2500-2100 ft to look for my lost nut and did not find it, which is not all that surprising. Overall, the e-assist was a lot less assist than I had hoped for and I worked my ass off biking all of this, including the initial ascent, which left me soaked in sweat. I was initially a bit of a bike snob over e-assist, but it surely saved me time today even with all of the problems I encountered. I reached my car at 1:20pm, plenty of time to be on our property on Whidbey, where I arrived at 2:35.

Dumpster peaks to be sure, but peak-a-boo views of Baker and N/S Twin were very nice on this pleasant mostly sunny day. I am glad to have done both in a single day to not ever come back here. Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2758 ft / 840 m
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2758 ft / 840 m
    Distance:26.7 mi / 43 km
    Start Trailhead:322 ft / 98 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Whacme (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bigfoot Hill2020-06-29 a2758 ft / 841 m
2Haner Mountain2020-06-29 b407 ft / 124 m
Total Trip Gain: 3165 ft / 965 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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