Ascent of Omak Mountain on 2016-09-18

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Omak Mountain
    Elevation:5747 ft / 1751 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is Colville Tribe land but I did not see any signs limiting access. The peak is straight-forward, you drive up BIA 71 from the S as far as you are willing and then hike the road if necessary. I was able to drive to the top but the road does get nasty at the end. No one at the lookout on this day. Some vehicles on the main road lower down. Agree with Adam's mileage from summitpost of 10.3 miles from Hwy 155. The road is as mapped. Starts out great and could be easily driven by most vehicles until perhaps a gate at about 4400'. Here it starts to deteriorate and you'd want an Outback type vehicle to get up to the saddle. I considered hiking the local P1000 but the charred forest didn't appeal. Anyway, above the saddle the road gets worse and worse. Steep and rocky. I'd probably recommend parking at the switchback at 5440'. Above there I would call it a crappy 4WD road. I drove it and I wasn't particularly worried about getting stuck but it was slow and unpleasant. At the top, got my pics of the fire tower. Omak 2 BM is visible and some various rock bumps that are obvious are the HP. Wide views but the real peaks are distant. Moses looms large. That's pretty much it. Worst case I think is that most cars would have to park at the gate or so and then you are looking at maybe 4, at most 5 miles round-trip to the summit. Easy. I'll probably come back some day and hike the P1000.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:27 ft / 8 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:BIA 71
    Trailhead:Road End  5720 ft / 1743 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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