Ascent of South Point on 2015-05-09
|Others in Party:||Edward Earl|
Ken Russell -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, May 9, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5980 ft / 1822 m|
Ascent Trip ReportGravel Forest Road 20 was in good shape for passenger cars for the 4.8 mile drive up from US 12 to the tiny sign announcing the South Point Trail. A very pleasant and well-maintained trail took us uphill efficiently on switchbacks through deep forest to the summit ridge. We encountered deep snowbanks suddenly at about 5800 feet, just below the summit, and we lost the trail and has to kick steps up a steep slope of mushy snow to the final hike along a ledgy ridge to the flat summit area. A solar-powered transmitter shack and debris from an old lookout marked the summit vicinity.
Views of the surrounding volcanos (Rainier, Adams, St. Helens) were excellent, as well as of the nearby Goat Rocks and the hazy far-off triangle of Mount Hood. The weather was perfect except for a few puffy clouds, and the bugs were not out yet. Overall a nice outing, suitable for hikers who want an out-of-the way destination with a good trail and good views. We didn't see another person the entire time away from US 12.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3230 ft / 984 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.6 mi / 12.2 km|
| Route:||South Point Tr|
| Trailhead:||South Point TH 2750 ft / 838 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2 - Snow|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Time:||3 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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