Ascent of Natapoc Mountain on 2013-03-10

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Samuel Hahn -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Natapoc Mountain
    Elevation:4210 ft / 1283 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our early failure on Baring Mtn, a combination of incoming weather and less than ideal conditions, we were back at the car by 10:30am. Not wanting to waste the day and the gas that it took to get halfway up Stevens Pass, we decided to settle for plan B, Natapoc or Tumwater. Natapoc is closer, so we did that. We parked on Hwy 207 right under the power lines in a large pullout and headed up the snow directly under the power lines. I was not as up to speed on the route for this peak, as it was a spur of the moment decision, so we winged it successfully. We went up the snow to about 2,600 ft where the road switches back under the power lines and then followed that to the beginning of the last switchback at 3,100 ft. Instead of taking the road, we once again cut straight up the snow to the crest of the ridge. We then headed south into the trees, and almost immediately picked up the snow-covered trail through the trees, following it all the way to the northern summit, only losing it once, but quickly finding it again. It was surprisingly easy to follow in the snow. It looks like it would be a bit nasty in season, but in the snow, the hiking was easy. From the north summit, there wasn't really a trail to the south one, but with the snow cover, it was not too bad to get there. I didn't know which one was higher looking at my GPS, which is why we headed to the south one. Good call, as it looks like there are 2 contenders on here. We retraced our tracks to the car, following the trail from the north summit all the way back to the power lines and then down from there. Overall, do this one on snowshoes in the winter. I wouldn't want to waste a fine summer day on this ugly peak.
Pictures from Natapoc & the attempt on Baring
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2250 ft / 685 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2250 ft / 685 m
    Route:Power lines to NW ridge
    Start Trailhead:1960 ft / 597 m
Descent Statistics

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