Ascent of Boistfort Peak on 2022-01-01

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 1, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boistfort Peak
    Elevation:3120 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trying to make Winters productive for highpointing and training! What would have otherwise been a driveup was an all-day snowy adventure.

Ugh...Weyerhauser requires a permit for ALL access. Your options are:
--$400 motorized permit
--$125 non-motorized permit
--trespassing gamble on a weekend or holiday
--(keep lobbying Weyerhauser for affordable 1-day passes) "Pe Ell South"

Lots of pullout room at gate, but also a park 0.3 miles East. Overnight camping available with a couple covered shelters but no other facilities - permits in Pe Ell (or Boistfort? I forgot to note which).

Been saving this dumpster for an off-season summit since it is restricted and a driveup. Got to try out my new ebike too!

Main road was plowed for logging. Ride was sketchy with ice, frozen track treads, and crusty ridges, but fat tires and pedal assist made for a quick and easy ride all the way to the summit turnoff (OMG, this ebike is going to revolutionize my dumpster peak highpointing!!).

Knee-deep snow and forgotten snowshoes at the summit road turnoff almost turned me around, but it was only 11:30, the weather was bearable, and I didn't want to have to return. So I began trudging.

What an exercise of endurance and patience... It took me 4 hours(!) for the 1.3 miles to the summit. Shallowest snow along the route was ~14 inches/mid-shin, and deepest was ~22 inches/just over the knee, and that doesn't account for additional depth of the compressed snow. The unconsolidated powder was exhausting - lifting my legs so high for each step and the double stomp/weight shift to compress for the next step. My patellas and MCLs were quite sore by the time I got to the summit at 3:30 and they were screaming all the way down but I needed to beat the sun.

Fabulous Winter wonderland. Snow-laden drooping trees and blanketed roads and slopes made for a magical muffled isolation. totally clear views of all the big volcanoes (Tahoma, Klickitat, Loowit, and Wy'East) and views of all the surrounding hills and peaks made interesting by the snowscapes.

Temps were mid-20's all day. Wind was steady teens with gusts in the 20's but mostly blocked along the route. Base and wind layers plenty sufficient but had multiple glove options and belay parka for stops.

Got back to bike just after dark. Temps dropped and wind picked up enough to freeze my Showa's stiff. Descent on bike was uneventful except for extra precaution for refrozen road and a couple stops to warm my hands.

1 hour from Boistfort Park to summit road turnoff (7.5mi, 2,325ft)
4 hours from summit road turnoff to summit (1.3mi, 700ft)
=5 hours
1.75 hours from summit to turnoff
1 hour from turnoff to Boistfort Park
=2.75 hours
7.75 HOURS

0/1 ACCESS (roads, restrictions) - obligatory, "F*ck Weyerhauser"...
1/1 REMOTENESS (popularity, sight/Sound) - not a soul this time of year
1/1 CONDITION (trail/route) - logging road all the way to summit
0/2 VARIETY (flora/fauna, geology, terrain) - clearcut logging area
1/2 VIEWS (frequency, quality) - surprisingly good views!
1/1 AWE (does it inspire) - highest point for 40 miles in any direction
0/2 DANIEL FACTOR (would I enjoy climbing this again: 0=No, 1=Meh, 2=Yes) - nice driveup if access wasn't so restricted and you were in the area
TOTAL 4/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2599 ft / 792 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.5 mi / 28.2 km
    Route:4000 Rd
    Trailhead:Pe Ell McDonald Gate  521 ft / 158 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Headlamp
    Weather:Frigid, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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