Ascent of Mount Fitzhenry on 2013-03-09

Climber: Franklin Bradshaw

Date:Saturday, March 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Fitzhenry
    Elevation:6050 ft / 1844 m

Ascent Trip Report

Olympic Hot Springs road is closed to all use -no entry of any sort for the Lake Mills Dam removal. Book route of crossing and up Boulder Creek was out. And no lake anymore to boat across.
Start at end of Whiskey Bend road (1198'). Leave trail after Elwha suspension bridge. Log cross Long creek south (upstream) of waterfall. Ascend slope, then east ridge to summit. Snow started at 29-3000' as pitch flattens. Sunny and warm for winter. Snowshoes required lower and crampons on the final steeper ridge.
Fresh mountain lion tracks between party groups. One reportedly heard a growl.
18.1 miles, +/-7795vert
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7795 ft / 2375 m
    Total Elevation Loss:7795 ft / 2375 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18.1 mi / 29.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7795 ft / 2375 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4852 ft / 1479 m; Extra: 2943 ft / 897m
    Loss on way in:2943 ft / 897 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Whiskey Bend Road  1198 ft / 365 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4852 ft / 1478 m
    Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Route:East Ridge
    End Trailhead:Whiskey Bend Road  1198 ft / 365 m

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