Ascent of Buck Mountain on 2015-08-16

Climber: Nate B

Date:Sunday, August 16, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buck Mountain
    Elevation:3760 ft / 1146 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Mass special. Oldest and I set out for a few low elevation peaks about 1500. We first headed up Quilcene Ridge, driving up the entire way, save a few steps. Limited but decent views.

After we headed down to rocky brook road to head up Buck Mountain, one we've had our eyes on for quite some time. Closer Forest road still out. We saw two deer on the way up. We had to stop about 1.3 miles @ elevation 2840 from the summit spur due to the civic not having enough clearance.

Here is what not to do to summit this peak: we headed up to the summit spur and it was so overgrown that we thought it would not go, and we would have better luck down the route, bush whacking. We found a game trail and headed slowly up the trail, starting at elevation 3540, so around 190 feet of solid brush. ironically Isabel was complaining of the road hike, but enjoyed the off trail portion. We finally broke through to the summit area which is relatively flat and has numerous sites where people have set up camp, including a rope that spans two trees, presumably for a close line or shelter. We found the spur road and followed it down, it was crowded but ten times easier then the brush we headed up through. The last few feet was considerably overgrown, owing to our original mistake. We headed down, and decided to head home because it was getting late. Pluto peak will have to wait another day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:920 ft / 280 m
    Total Elevation Loss:920 ft / 280 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:920 ft / 280 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Road, bushwhacked
    Start Trailhead:Road  2840 ft / 865 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:920 ft / 280 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    End Trailhead:2840 ft / 865 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Quilcene

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Quilcene Ridge2015-08-160 ft / 0 m
2Buck Mountain2015-08-16920 ft / 280 m
Total Trip Gain: 920 ft / 280 m    Total Trip Loss: 920 ft / 280 m

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