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Ascent of Huckleberry Mountain on 2020-08-09

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Huckleberry Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5825 ft / 1775 m

Ascent Trip Report

DIRECTIONS
Google WEST approach - South is poor roads according to other trip reports. GPX track attached.

EXPERIENCE
Road requires moderate clearance and/or AWD - deep ruts begin almost immediately for the first half mile. The road is very soft dirt and the ruts are deep from rain and vehicles. They are fairly easily straddled but slipping into one would require A LOT of digging to free a vehicle from. If you can get past this the rest of the road is easy though a bit rocky. I met 3 off-road trucks coming down.

The direct West track is shorter, but it's nicer to do the SW ridge, and it's a super short climb anyway.Park in large pullout. Steep ATV track heads up SW ridge. It had been driven on recently judging by all the flattened grass. Nice views back across the river. The track disappears half way up at a berm but it's only another hundred yards of easy off-trail until you intersect the upper road bed (clearly visible on satellite). Road bed goes most of the length of the ridge and there are occasional spurs/skid tracks that angle up towards ridge. Pick anywhere for short ascent to ridge. Follow ridge on West side on path of least resistance - directly on top of the ridge is scrambley but trees are thin enough to just stay a dozen yards to the west.

Traditional summit is non-descript rock pile so check your GPS. North Huckleberry drops down a saddle and then up a short boulder field. The USGS marker is on this summit but does not have an elevation. South Huckleberry is further down the ridge and is an impressive steep fin of solid granite 50+ feet high with a couple contending rocks along the spine. One can enjoy the 3/4c scramble up the face, but it's easily avoidable.

Though not reliable, my handheld GPS indicated that North Huckleberry is ~15 feet lower than Middle, and South is ~15 higher. If you're a purest, hit all three. It's impossible to judge with amateur equipment, but I believe South Huckleberry is the highest. If nothing else, it's the most impressive and most satisfying to scramble!

Dropped back to the road and returned the way I came reveling in the golden hour views to the SW.

RATING
0/1 ACCESS (roads, restrictions) - very poor road for first 1/4 mile, average road after
1/1 REMOTENESS (popularity, sight/Sound) - plenty of evidence of visitors (shotgun shells, beer cans, etc.) but I imagine this is a relatively quiet area
0/1 CONDITION (trail/route) - overgrown roadbed and no established boottrack
1/2 VARIETY (flora/fauna, geology, terrain) - the rocky spine has some fun scrambling in places
1/2 VIEWS (frequency, quality) - nice views to the East across the valley and to the SW across the river, but nothing special considering the area
0/1 AWE (does it inspire) - just some rando peak
1/2 DANIEL FACTOR (would I enjoy climbing this again: 0=No, 1=Meh, 2=Yes) - just enough to eek out above "dumpster"
TOTAL 4/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:855 ft / 260 m
    Total Elevation Loss:855 ft / 260 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:855 ft / 260 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 540 ft / 165 m; Extra: 315 ft / 96m
    Loss on way in:315 ft / 96 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:SW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Nameless Logging Rd  5285 ft / 1610 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:540 ft / 164 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:SW Ridge
    End Trailhead:Nameless Logging Rd  5285 ft / 1610 m
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Daniel Mick
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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