Ascent to Magnolia Hill-Private Drive on 2014-02-28

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, February 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Start at Home
Point Reached:Magnolia Hill - Private Drive
    Elevation:377 ft / 114 m
    Remaining Elevation:13 ft / 4 m (2% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Second of two bumps on my "Seattle bump collecting" bicycle ride from home today.

I was off work early since it is Friday and the weather was spectacular - sunny and 50. Not bad for February in Seattle. I put on my bike shorts, jersey, and shoes and I was off on my road bike. First up was Queen Anne Hill. I live at exactly the 50 meter contour line on this urban gem. I took 2nd Ave N up to Ward where I encountered stairs to continue upward. Not wanting to do the stairs with the bike, I actually rode down to 5th Ave and then up that to Highland just below Bhy Kracke Park (not to be confused with Buy Crack Park in Everett). I cranked up Highland to 3rd Ave then Galer, passing a school along the way. The high point is at the fire station on Warren & Lee. I rode all over this area on my bike to cover the high ground, touching my toe down on candidates, midwest CoHP style. There are tennis courts here, which I took note of as I have a tennis racket at home that never gets used and a work friend who plays tennis.

I then decided that this sub-10 minute ride was not a workout, so I decided to head for Magnolia Hill across the way. On the way up Magnolia Hill I ran into a bike problem with my smallest front gear. It had somehow bent causing the chain to derail twice, which was quite dangerous as I was clipped in, next to traffic, and lost all pedal power. I managed to fall to the right to avoid being run over by a SUV-driving soccer mom and somehow unclipped my right foot as I fell so I prevented myself from eating shit on the pavement. I moved over to the sidewalk to see what the problem was. I used my multi-tool to hammer the gear back as flat as it can go - probably exactly the use a bicycle multi-tool is designed for... I tested it out on an intersecting flat street before I again geared down to crank up the hill. This time I didn't pop the chain off on the steepest part next to a car - sweet. I explored the top of Magnolia Hill thoroughly. There is a large water tower that I walked next to while a utility guy gave me a weird look. Then I explored the new suburban sprawl on Briarcliff Lane. The rest of the neighborhood is very nice with houses that all look different and have trees. Briarcliff Lane is suburban blight at its worst - damn Californians moving here to Seattle! So, the actual highpoint is on a private drive. In my normal P2k/CoHP pursuits, I disregard all private property signs since they are usually massive ranches in central CA owned by people who hate hikers. In this case, it was a decent looking house in a nice neighborhood on a pointless bump, and it was not gated off like they are some kind of royalty. It was wide open and I could have walked right up to the high point on their front yard. I declined to do so as it seemed unnecessarily intrusive and was signed as private. It is just some normal person's house and deserves some respect. I am cool with that. So, should I log it as successful - I guess not. Eh, whatever....

I returned via the Elliot Bay bike trail to the new bike ramp that leads right into my neighborhood near the space needle. Seattle is definitely a bike friendly city as my numerous road bike rides last year can attest to.

Naturally, I forgot to turn on the tracking on my GPS, so I have no track, which I planned on uploading to get a laugh...

Pictures? You bet! I actually didn't take a "summit" shot on Queen Anne Hill. I guess it's that impressive...

12.0 miles
1h 11m moving time
28.8 mph max
10mph moving avg
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:590 ft / 179 m
    Total Elevation Loss:262 ft / 79 m
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:590 ft / 179 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 328 ft / 100 m; Extra: 262 ft / 79m
    Loss on way in:262 ft / 79 m
    Route:Quiet residential roads
    Start Trailhead:49 ft / 14 m
Descent Statistics

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