Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2008-05-27

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Elevation:5599 ft / 1706 m

Ascent Trip Report

On US-26, at virtual mile post 70.5, I turned W on road 2651. If eastbound on US-26, this is just before a sign indicating entry into the Warm Springs Indian Reservation; if westbound, it is 1 mile after the junction with OR-216. 2.5 miles down this road I made a shallow L turn at a signed junction in which one of the signs indicates that Mt Wilson LO is 10 miles this way. I made only 1 more mile up this road before being blocked by a slab of snow.

I continued on foot. There are occasional junctions but I always stayed on the main road, which is sometimes identified as S-506 by small signs. At "Point 4171-T" near the saddle between Wilson and North Wilson, I turned S. Slightly past Point 4434-T I left the road and headed uphill to the L through immature forest. The ground was mostly snow-covered; I couldn't tell what the nature of the surface below was, but my guess is that the snow probably helped make the going easier. It was nice, firm, consolidated snow, though I had to watch for air spaces near fallen logs and branches. Heading uphill SW, I intercepted the summit ridge at approximately 5400', then followed it to the summit.

The summit is partly open, though I had no view because of fog. I found three concrete piers which were no doubt the foundation of a dismantled lookout. A large slab of snow covered the ground where the fourth leg would have been. Although the USGS 7.5' maps and Delorme both show a few roads reaching the summit, I found no discernible road approaching the summit from any direction. I don't know how close one could drive to the summit in summer.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1849 ft / 563 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1849 ft / 563 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1849 ft / 563 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:S-506 & N ridge
    Start Trailhead:S-506  3750 ft / 1143 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1849 ft / 563 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:S-506 & W face
    End Trailhead:S-506  3750 ft / 1143 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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