Ascent of Camano Island High Point on 2013-01-28

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Camano Island High Point
    Elevation:580 ft / 176 m

Ascent Trip Report

First off, Edward Earl's trip report was spot-on and very helpful. I had it in my pocket the whole time as it went from crisp and dry to soaked and unreadable in the span of half an hour. I started off by parking at the intersection of Windsun Way & Cross Island Rd. Windsun Way is wide here and had room for the Yaris. From here, I walked west on Cross Island Rd to Sequoia and then south on Sequoia to the high point identified by Edward Earl as the ground around a stump right near the end of the public road where the private driveway and grass road start. I then headed pointlessly up Ezduzit Rd to the property mentioned in his report. While walking and reading, I read that the highest ground is back on Windsun Way by a grey house. I backtracked, figuring I would only have to bug one property owner for access this way. I looked first at the property on the east side of the road and seeing nobody home, quickly made my way to the high point of the front lawn and back to the road. I then headed for the grey house on the west side of the road, and as luck would have it one of the occupants was outside. I headed up the driveway, saying "hi" as I approached. I asked the guy (probably in his 70s) if I could stand next to his shed and take a picture of myself. He said yes, looking at me like I was crazy. He said I was the fourth or fifth person to ask him this and he had granted access to all. He seemed quite nice. I covered the high ground, snapped a pic, and headed on my way. I then tried to get to the wooded contender from the east. Edward alludes to a trail coming from Islandcrest Dr. I could not find this trail, but struck off through the woods anyway. I sort of followed some blue and pink flagging on trees, but there was no path. I found a rotting log near a stump, but my GPS still showed me in a lower contour. I had a pretty good view to the west here, and the ground looked to go downhill all around me. I stood here a few minutes, checking the map, the GPS, and looking around. Edward's telltale stick in the log was nowhere to be seen. I headed back to the car, arriving completely soaked from brushing against all of the plants. I wore gloves out and back, so the thorns were not a problem at all. I was not satisfied with the high point I had just completed, so I made my way west on Dodge Rd to try the northern approach. The brush was not too bad, and I moved uphill until I once again reached a rotting log next to a large stump. This time I saw an upright stick not in the log, but next to it on the north side. It looked out of place and once again it was downhill all around me. I think I got it this time. I took a few pictures and then noticed 2 deer in the woods not 20 feet away to the south. They had not noticed me. I got one decent picture of one of them looking right at me before they took off. I made my way back to the car, with pants that were completely soaked through, not from the light rain, but from the wet plants. I would ignore what I marked as Camano HP-4 on my gps track. Nobody else has been there and it's not inside the highest contour in the area.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:Through the woods!
    Start Trailhead:560 ft / 170 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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