Ascent of Rogers Peak on 2013-08-13

Climber: Jason Vogler

Date:Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rogers Peak
    Elevation:3706 ft / 1129 m

Ascent Trip Report

Having to end my first accent before it even began due to thunderstorms (With massive lightning) I returned determined to bag this peak. I knew the way to the trail head and how long it would take to get there so I left work directly to the peak and was on the trail within 1 1/2 hours of leaving work.

Took Hwy 26 to Hwy 6 exiting north between mile marker 22 and 23. I crossed a bridge immediately and drove up to a 4 way intersection turning right (east) onto a gravel road. The road has several intersections that are described pretty well on summit post website. The big turn really is 4.2 miles you take bridge across the river and go steeply up to the gate just past 7.5 miles. Just before that bridge I saw a coyote and chased him with my car for a good 1/4 mile. I would turn your car around at the gate as it is not easy turning around and tired after a hike is not a good way to try and maneuver your vehicle with sheer drops on one side.

Just past the gate you come to a fork that you want to go right steeply up a hill. The logging road then goes about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile to another intersection. Take the branch that goes up steeply to your left. This road effectivlly follows the ridge to just below rogers peak. You approach the peak from the west and continue on the road all the way to the East side of the Peak. At the east side a overgrown ATV trail that will take you near the summit is available. You still need to bush whack your way the last 20 feet of elevation change to the top but not really a problem. There is a small red ribbon in a tree above the HP and a couple of jars/cans that are sealed for naming yourself. The distance I traveled according the GPS was 2.2 miles. I did take a small detour near rogers peak summit near the west side. There is a raised area that has a fantastic overlook. I could see all the way to Rainer it was so clear. The coastal range was stunning from this point. Since Rogers peak itself is covered in trees there was nothing good to see from the top.

The return trip was quick though I did see two Elk on the road. I scared them off before I could take a picture. Total distance traveled was about 4.4 miles from the gate so not to bad. It was a beatiful evening to be outside and I was glade I took the time.

Oregon county HP #4 completed.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1100 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Trailhead:2606 ft / 794 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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