Ascent of Jorgenson Hill on 2014-07-30

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Dan Conley
John Sinclair
Firefighter Miller
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jorgenson Hill
    Elevation:348 ft / 106 m

Ascent Trip Report

Didn’t you just do this peak yesterday?

Jorgenson Hill, Indian Island HP, repeat ascent!

Method of transportation to trailhead: aircraft carrier then fire truck!

Well, if there is a will and a way the first time, then there certainly is a will and a way a second time. On Tuesday, I had invited my buddy Dan to bag the Indian Island HP with me. He gave some lame excuse about work to do and didn’t go, so I went up solo. After describing my adventures from Tuesday, he and my buddy John both were interested in going along for a ride around Indian Island the second day. We arrived at Crane Point and promptly headed for the beach to gain a true sea level to summit ascent even if we were using a vehicle for 95% of the elevation gain. After dipping our hands in the beautiful Puget Sound, we phoned our fire dept contact and were off for an adventure. This time we headed clockwise around the island, saving the high point for last. We had a different driver this time who took us to different places on the base.

First stop was an Indian burial ground near the north beach. There is a small monument there that was erected in 2000. From there, we headed along the east side of the island to the old homestead. This time we got out for a bit longer walk and spent our time picking fresh blackberries until we had our fill. They were possibly the sweetest blackberries I have ever tasted and I probably ate 50 or so. Amazing! From the old homestead, we walked down to the sheltered cove where the firefighters gather oysters and do oyster roasts.

Following the homestead, we headed for an old, abandoned WWII era bunker that was a short walk through the woods from the road. Very interesting indeed. I am a bit of a history buff, so this was pretty cool for me. Following the old bunker, we headed for the prize, Jorgenson Hill. A second ascent for me, but a first ascent for Dan and John. We took the obligatory group photo on the summit and ran around the base of the man-made hill to ensure that we covered the historical natural high ground. I found a spot in the trees 20 ft lower than the grassy hill that is the highest remaining natural ground. The firefighter seemed amused with my obscure fascination with this pursuit. After the high point, we headed to the fire station again to hang out for a bit before returning to Crane Point.

Once we arrived at Crane Point, I made a bee line for the sea kayaks again and spent about 1 hour out on the water paddling around as the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains. Pretty much a prefect evening in Washington at the beach. We grabbed some mediocre food after that and played a super-sized jenga game that starts 4 ft tall and goes to 7 ft tall. We also roasted S’mores over the campfire before heading back to cell block 68.

Of note on this trip, I brought my GPS with me for my island tour and ascent. All of this mileage is in a vehicle, but I got to see a lot of the island and bag the elusive high point!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:SE Slopes
    Start Trailhead:328 ft / 99 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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