Ascent of South Twin on 2015-08-27

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Larry G
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Twin
    Elevation:7000 ft / 2133 m

Ascent Trip Report

The attached GPS track shows the road and use trail walking part of the route, between the parking and just above our camp spot. I forgot my spare battery, and did not have the capacity to record the actual climb. Note that we got slightly off route on the use trail at around 4250' elevation, but the rest of the track should be helpful. We did not use bicycles or get a motor vehicle permit, but walked from the parking spot.

Contrary to other reports, we found the use trail to be fairly well marked - flagging in the woods and cairns on the boulder fields, and a decent tread developing - from the end of the road near Dailey Prairie all the way to the old cabin site at ~4500'. Above here the terrain is open leading to the west ridge, where there are many useful cairns along the scramble route. That said, you will need route-finding skills and comfort on generally solid but often rubble-covered rock to complete the ascent.

A note for those who want to overnight on this trip - this was a dry year, but there was plenty of water in the valley just south of the upper end of my track (as well as before this, in Galbraith Creek and a number of other spots). However the top end of the stream was bursting out as a major spring at about 4700'; there was no surface water above this spot. We found a couple of small sites to hold our one-man tents at the bottom of the meadow at about 4400'; they were slanted but functional. Think bivy site.

This ascent was somewhat longer than it had appeared - don't expect a short day unless you move quite quickly.

Regarding access, the gate on the bridge is very clearly posted against trespass and says that a permit is required for entry. We had called Weyerhauser in advance and were told that there were no logging activities in the area and that hiking would be fine. A guy drove by us on our way in and just waved at us. I'd recommend checking before your trip, though, in case they are closed to hikers/bikers due to logging or fire danger.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6200 ft / 1888 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:West ridge
    Trailhead:Middle Fork Nooksack bridge  1200 ft / 365 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Time:9 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:8 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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