Ascent of Stimson Hill on 2014-03-13

Climber: James Barlow

Date:Thursday, March 13, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stimson Hill
    Elevation:2892 ft / 881 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left my office at 1424, hitting the end of the pier at 1433 after changing out of my uniform and into hiking clothes. I walked partway to the parking lot with a co-worker from my department, T-Bone, and then split off to handle some quick business at the base clinic before driving away from the Navy's ghetto-by-the-sea. I quickly made my way on to I-5 north and then off of the freeway to the trailhead on Cedarvale Rd. The gate was not locked upon my inspection. The area is apparently under 24 hour surveillance. Sure. I had been hydrating in the car, so I relieved myself right in front of the gate for the hidden cameras... I could drive to the summit, but decided against it since I was all dressed up for a hike, trail running shoes and all. Driving this logging country gem would be such a waste of this sunny 60 degree March day. As I drove towards the peak, I was able to quickly determine that I would not need either my boots or my snowshoes. There were clearcuts just below the summit which were totally snow-free. I forgot to look at the time when I arrived at the trailhead, but it was a shorter drive than I had expected.

I parked out of the way of other vehicles who may want to drive up the road, tossed 1 liter of water in my pack (which consisted of a headlamp, fleece, wool hat, compass, camera, GPS, car keys, and granola bar - heavy load), and headed up the road. The hike began at the interesting elevation of 666 feet, the number of the beast. "I left alone, my mind was blank, I needed time to think to get the memories from my mind." Can you name the song? The elevation on the map actually is closer to 720. I shortly came upon a sign that said the gate was unlocked was from 0630 to 1530 weekdays. I looked at the time on my camera: 1541. Good thing I didn't drive, even if the gate was still unlocked.

The road up was entirely unremarkable. Not long after the start, I actually passed a well-kept house set in an open area, an unusual sight in what I thought was logging country. I took a few photos of clearcuts, trees, and a selfie or two. I looked at my GPS around the 1,900 ft mark and saw that it was way off with my elevation and even off track with my location. Damn thing. This happened on Rattlesnake Mtn in January. I turned it off and then back on. It now showed my correct location and elevation. I came upon a clearing around 2,700 ft and had amazing views of Whitehorse, Three Fingers, and Pilchuck. A perfect skyline. I made the turn towards the peak and came across a bulldozed summit road spur, that was starting to become overgrown with alder. I wandered around a few possible contenders for the high point, though it is difficult to tell when rotting logs become dirt. Whatever. I headed a few dozen meters to the east to get another look at Whitehorse, Three Fingers, and Pilchuck. I managed to make out Round Mountain as well, the highest peak here in "Logger's Island."

I completed the entire hike in a pair of pants, base layer, and trail running shoes. It has been a perfect couple of days in Washington. Wednesday was rock climbing at Index Wall below Stevens Pass for 6 hours (I left work extra early for that). The rain is returning Friday, so this would be the last day of sun and 60 degrees for the foreseeable future. I am especially grateful for the extra sunlight in my daily schedule as a result of daylight savings time. I have now completed 3 of the 5 "Logger's Island" Washington State Top 200 Prominence Peaks.

I hope that this trip report is useful for future peakbaggers, especially Matt Dolan. This peak makes it worth visiting Washington! If you have just a few hours of daylight left and literally nothing else to do, head up this dumpster peak...


6.81 miles
1h 51m moving time
9 min stopped
3.7 mph moving avg

#idontunderstandwhatahashtagmeans #dontwasteyourtimeonthisdumpsterpeak
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2172 ft / 662 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2172 ft / 662 m
    Route:Logging Roads
    Start Trailhead:720 ft / 219 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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