Ascent of West Onion Peak on 2011-04-09

Climber: Ken Russell

Date:Saturday, April 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:West Onion Peak
    Elevation:3076 ft / 937 m

Ascent Trip Report

Good weather on the Coast at this time of year! All signs were missing at the gate. Looked like vandals tore them down. A large rock slide (boulders as big as cars) has blocked all vehicles at MP 2.1. Walkers can easily climb around it and/or carry bicycles. Spur to the summit ridge has been abandoned for about 30 years. Watch for a cairn in the road at the turnoff. The elk have maintained a decent trail along the spur. At the end of the spur, climb to the left of the boulders. Once again, the elk have maintained a way trail that stays about 200 ft west of the ridge. Only a couple of tiny snow patches left.
The crux of this trip is walking the narrow shoulder on Hwy 101. I wish I had had my orange traffic vest.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3216 ft / 979 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Hug Pt Rd
    Trailhead:Hug Point SP  60 ft / 18 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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