Ascent of Grand Ridge-South Peak on 2016-07-01

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grand Ridge-South Peak
    Elevation:1280 ft / 390 m

Ascent Trip Report

Needing something to climb-hike-bag after a long day of work at our Seattle office; I drove out before sundown, checked into a hotel and saw on the database ap that the nearest public access peakbag was just down the road. I parked at the public turn out near the creek on the north side of the Highway US 90 off SE highpoint Way (well at least the road sounded perfect!!)

I had low expectations for this impromptu hike but then again, now I realize while all the peakbaggers from WA rate hikes that I do far lower than me. Always. It appears simple to me now. They must be spoiled. Even the most crummy peakbagging opportunities that I have seen in WA appear to have more interesting scenery to enjoy along the way compared to ours in the east. And, as a general rule there is never the trash along the trail out west even in heavily used areas whereas in the east, many of the trails are littered.

The meandering bike trail that winds up hill from the railroad grade takes you past the most unique landscape of enormous fir trees, cedar, crazy maples, and dense ferns. The woods are really beautiful and most interesting but I guess if you live in WA you get used to it like I some tired of seeing the beach in FL it bores me now. Not a great peakbag; not a great finish ( you end up having to bushwack the last part up an undeveloped lot in a very exclusive neighborhood where there some no trespassing signs...)But for this eastern based peakbagger....the hike up through woods was very rewarding.

I basically used the Ken Jones GPS track up but after the bushwhack and encountering the ritzy neighborhood at the top, I elected to jog down and backtrack out quickly. The lot that Ken used to begin his bushwhack fortunately for me was still undeveloped and for sale so I scampered through the ferns and briers on up but houses were being constructed across the street and I would guess this path will not be available for too much longer. It appears you can avoid the hustle of a trespass by bushwhacking more of it as others have but I hated to beat down a path in the beautiful woods so I became a poorly dressed perspective lot purchaser for my finish.

I collected leaves for my plates of bigleaf maple; vine maple, western hemlock, and some cedar I have yet to confirm
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 303 m
    Total Elevation Loss:170 ft / 50 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:915 ft / 278 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 830 ft / 253 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Loss on way in:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:railroad grade to bike path to road to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:near parking area for bike path  450 ft / 137 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Gain on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:see TR
    End Trailhead:same  
Ascent Part of Trip: Seattle in 24 hours3

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Grand Ridge-South Peak2016-07-01 a1000 ft / 305 m
2Mount Si2016-07-02 b3670 ft / 1119 m
3Mount Si-North Peak2016-07-02 c247 ft / 75 m
4Little Si2016-07-02 d1360 ft / 415 m
5Poo Poo Point2016-07-02 e1620 ft / 494 m
6Cougar Mountain-Anti Aircraft Peak2016-07-02 f436 ft / 133 m
Total Trip Gain: 8333 ft / 2541 m    Total Trip Loss: 1890 ft / 577 m

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