Ascent of Huffaker Mountain on 2014-03-01
|Others in Party:||Greg Slayden|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, March 1, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3640 ft / 1109 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThere is a storm scheduled to move in today, so we figured we would grab this logging country gem before the snow and rain hit. We drove up the road to the snow line and parked. We hiked the initial quarter to half mile as there were patches of snow and then dirt. Once we were confident that we were beyond any remaining bare spots, we affixed our skis and continued skinning upward. The weather was a mix of very light rain, snow flurries, and clear. Not big deal though. The road becomes more overgrown with alder after a gate, which made for more difficult skinning up. The powder hounds in Utah would be extremely jealous of this incredible ski-bushwhacking on rock solid Cascade concrete here in Washington. We reached the summit pinnacle on our skis and decided to make our way up through the cliff bands on foot. We topped out after a few minutes and wandered around to collect all of the high point contenders. Naturally, a road leads in from the south, so we could have skied all the way to the top...
We enjoyed lunch on the top before climbing down to our skis. The descent was a sight to behold. We were in armpit-deep powder cutting turns so badass that we needed snorkels to breathe! Yeah right - we skied down some of the nastiest snow I have ever skied on: dodging tree stumps, hanging branches, fallen branches, and all kinds of other crap. The ski down was still better than we had predicted in spite of the concrete conditions. Once we hit the gate, the skiing was much nicer, basically a green circle steepness - lame but easily skied. We carried our skis through the bare patches until we hit the end of the snow where the car was parked.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1280 ft / 390 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Skis, Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||1280 ft / 390 m|
| Route:||Eastern Logging Roads|
| Start Trailhead:||2360 ft / 719 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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