Ascent of Mount Harriman on 2011-08-16

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Harriman
    Elevation:7979 ft / 2431 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Directions:

To find the Varney Creek Trailhead, locate Lake of the Woods and follow OR Highway 140 east. About 0.8 mile beyond milepost 47 turn left onto FSR 3637 signed "Varney Creek Trailhead". Follow FSR west and turn left at 1.7 miles onto FSR 3664, also signed "Varney Creek Trailhead". Continue straight on FSR 3664 at 2.1 miles and park at the large parking area at the end of the road just beyond the Varney Creek Trailhead at 3.7 miles (5560 feet).


Follow the Varney Creek Trail about 0.3 mile, then turn left off the trail at about 5800 feet and begin climbing the north ridge of Mount Harriman through forest, downed timber, and brush.

Carry a compass and take a bearing up the ridge slope you are climbing. Above 7000 feet you may find rock piles you can climb to avoid some brush and to establish landmarks as you climb. The slope lessens near the summit and you break out of the forest on the summit, with views of the Mountain Lakes Wilderness, Aspen Butte, Mount McLoughlin, Pelican Butte, and Upper Klamath Lake.

Descend the same route. I used GPS tracking and compass bearings on the descent to help keep on route. Near 5800 feet turn westward and drop down slope to find the Varney Creek Trail and follow it back to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2419 ft / 737 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Trailhead:Varney Creek TH  5560 ft / 1694 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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