Ascent of Portuguese Mountain on 2013-09-14

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Portuguese Mountain
    Elevation:9240 ft / 2816 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving from Kawich, we drove US 6 and while getting rained on, drove to the turnoff for Portuguese mountain. We car camped a few miles up the road and hoped the skies would be clear in the morning (they were). Driving into the area of the mountain we found the roads to be a mess. Two notable washouts almost stopped us but we found ways through the brush to connect roads. Dennis had to rescue my truck on one occasion when my truck went into a washout section and got stuck. Carrying a tow strap is good insurance and his big Tundra easily extracted me from my predicament. I'd still be there shoveling if I was there solo.

We drove to within 3/4 mile of Little Ike Spring and hiked from there. Dennis found a great route all the way to the summit but arriving at the summit, we saw a black wall of clouds heading right at us and we barely had enough time to sign the register and start almost running downhill. John Ide had been there two weeks before us and before him, nobody in four years. We beat a hasty retreat to our vehicles and made it out of the bad road sections before a major storm hit where we'd just been. Whew.

See Dennis Poulin's GPS track

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    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack

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