Ascent of Prairie Peak on 2015-01-18

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Prairie Peak
    Elevation:3422 ft / 1043 m

Ascent Trip Report

As luck would have it, the road past the quarry/borrow pit was open to traffic. The yellow gate was open! Summitpost mentioned 3.5 miles past some other intersection, but I clocked it at 2.5 miles to this right turn (0.6 mi past Gunsight Pass). Past the gates, I kept driving as the rain was coming down like a shower. This was much more intense than the usual PNW mist/drizzle. Sigh... I reached a point where the road makes a final switchback to the right to the eastern summit. It also continues straight to the western one. As I had brought my mountain bike along, I figured that I should use it. So, I parked under a tree, a bit out of the rain and pulled the bike down.

I first went to the eastern summit. This is the summit on peakbagger that holds the P2k status. On summitpost it is indicated that the western summit (same name on pb) is higher. Regardless, I know that it is prudent to visit both so my summit cannot be contested. The bike ride up to the eastern summit was pretty nice. The rain had let up for a bit, so I did not get too wet. There is a summit register and the first two entries are Andy Martin and Bob Packard - no surprise there! It is in a stump. I took a picture of my bike leaned against this stump.

From here, I followed the higher road tracks west, eventually heading down to return to the car. I passed my car and went through a very large puddle that was deeper than expected. My right foot was completely submerged as I pushed the pedal on the bike and rode through it. Excellent, a cold wet foot... I rode up to the next antenna, which is clearly lower, then on to the western summit. On the summit is an old platform, probably from a lookout or something. There is also a memorial to somebody. I took some pictures here then biked along the ridge east again, hitting a few piles of rocks that contest for the highest ground. Feeling that I had covered all contenders, I biked back to the car. Since I was not going to see any other people this day, I stripped completely down, used my travel towel to dry off, and put on a fresh set of dry clothes. It was a very pleasant drive back to the pavement in my nice dry clothes!

For future peakbaggers:
Just over 0.6 miles past (unsigned) Gunsight Pass, go right up the gravel road. 2 gates are quickly passed, a yellow gate and a green gate. If both are open, it is just under 1 mile to my trailhead from the gates.


Prairie Stats:
2.64 mi
19.1 mph max speed
5.4 mph moving avg
36 min car-to-car
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:142 ft / 43 m
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:142 ft / 43 m
    Route:Dirt Road
    Start Trailhead:3280 ft / 999 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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