Ascent of Mount Wow on 2014-05-24

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Wow
    Elevation:6040 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

I heard that Mt Wow was a bit of a bushwhack, so I figured the sooner I do it the better as the spring snow is rapidly melting. The road was a bit rough once you leave the main forest road to the spur. The Yaris made it anyway. I initially tried to go upstream a bit to cross and follow a ridge up to the peak, but was thwarted by the high water levels. So, I crossed where the old road crosses the creek. The first 200 feet or so were a very thick bushwhack, but then it opened up into really nice old growth. I followed this open forest to the ridge. I hit snow around 4,800 which turned out to be just perfect. I was able to traverse the slope below the cliffy top of 5,614 - an area to avoid. I made my way up to the easier summit slope and actually saw some old footprints - not sure how old they are. I followed them right to the summit. The weather was mostly cloudy though the clouds parted to reveal views on occasion. I caught 2 windows through the clouds towards Mt Rainier. Great view. Good thing the snow was covering the summit so that there were views to be had. I retraced my steps all the way back to the area near the old road and fought my way through the last 200 feet of brush.

When I arrived back at my car, I realized that I would have time for another peak. Initially, I thought of Quiemuth, the nearby CoHP. When I drove down Paradise Valley Rd (inappropriately named, this is Lewis County after all!), it was closed to all traffic quite a ways from the area where I thought I could hike from. I guess I will be back, though I am not a fan of South Hell, the collection of every single chain store in existence along 6 miles of traffic lights. While I hiked Mt Wow, the suburbanites consumed cheap shit and ate bad food - ugh... Anyway, I decided to do Elbert & The Rockies instead. 2 WA P2ks in a day, not bad. Pictures from the whole day (Wow, Elbert, Rockies).

5.47 miles
1.8 mph avg moving speed
4 hrs 53 min car-to-car
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2840 ft / 865 m
    Route:Goat Creek to South Ridge
    Trailhead:3200 ft / 975 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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