Ascent of Lyman Hill on 2013-02-18

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Lyndsey Switzer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, February 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lyman Hill
    Elevation:4280 ft / 1304 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this peak with my friend Lyndsey. The last peak we did together was also a P2k, Rigi Kulm, Switzerland in 2006! Great hike, much better than what you would expect from a Washington February logging road ascent. We went up through a few clearcut areas on the road, but it was mostly forested. Snow level was at 2,500 ft, and we put on snowshoes not too far above there. We missed the turn around 2,900 ft as it appears Dennis Poulin also did. The main road continues south and a somewhat overgrown road switches back north. It is right before a stream crossing. It switches back south again very quickly and continues on this long switchback to around 3,700 ft. Along this long switchback are some saplings growing in the roadbed, but they only were in a few open areas, and were not bad at all. We found a great stream path that cuts down to 3,700 ft that was wide open and took us right to the ridge at the low point between Point 4,046 and Lyman Hill. We headed north and found ourselves on top with the usual array of radio towers. Normally I hate radio towers, but one of these was for the local NPR station, so it wasn't so bad. The weather held all day despite a weather report for 60% chance of showers. The clouds stayed high, so we were able to see all the way to Vancouver Island and all of the San Juan Islands. We could also see the high Cascades to the east, though the top of Mt Baker was in the clouds. We made the uneventful descent, running into the remains of an animal who met their fate while we were hiking as their entrails and blood were right next to the trail on the way down. We cut the switchback near the missed turn in the snow, but with the thickness of the forest and non-existent snowcover below 2,500 ft, switchback cutting would be out of the question for the rest of the descent. I would highly recommend that those who want to hike this peak (who I assume are all P2k'ers) do it in the winter on snowshoes. We encountered zero brush and had absolutely no problems cutting up the very short section to the ridge. Save the nice summer days for the tougher Cascade P2k peaks. Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3840 ft / 1170 m
    Route:Logging Rd
    Trailhead:440 ft / 134 m
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
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