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Ascent of Ray Ridge on 2016-10-28

Climber: Sarah Montgomery

Others in Party:Mountain Loop
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 28, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ray Ridge
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6180 ft / 1883 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was part of a larger effort to reach CoHPs in SE Washington over a long weekend.
ASOTIN
We left the Seattle area at 2 pm on Thursday 10/27, and drove to Pomeroy. From Pomeroy, we followed Adam Helman's instructions to the Asotin Co. HP. We camped near the HP and walked to it Friday morning. This is my 4th WACoHP.
GARFIELD
Afterwards, we drove back down FS4030 and parked at a turnout near Mt. Misery in Garfield Co. We tagged Misery as well as a 6360 contour to the NE. We reparked the truck at the Mt. Misery trailhead and went to West Diamond Peak and Diamond Peak. The 3 locations (excepting Mt. Misery) are the candidates for HP in Garfield Co to our understanding. This is my 5th WACoHP.
COLUMBIA
We drove to Dayton then followed WTA.org directions to Oregon Butte. We started in at 4 pm and hit HP at sunset-truly astounding! We walked back out in the dark, happy with 3 HPs for the day. We camped 2.9 miles back down the road at a turnout. This is my 6th WACoHP.
BENTON
We drove to Benton Co. and through both barbed wire fences at the Rattlesnake Hills access road off hwy 241 as described in previous trip reports (thank you!) on peakbagger and the cohp website. We drove approximately 1 mile up the road and decided to park the truck and walk due to steep mud ahead. We walked approximately 5 miles to the summit ans enjoyed the colorful lichen along the way. This is my 7th WACoHP.
COWLITZ
After Benton, we drove down to the Gorge and had pizza in Stevenson. From there we followed summitpost's instructions to Goat Mountain in Cowlitz County. At the last 4/10s mile turnoff, late at night, we decided to turn the truck around due to deep ruts. We camped about a mile back down the road and hiked back up in the morning. We did not find the climber's path from the saddle of FS470 right away. There is a lot of logging activity in the area, and I believe they may have removed flagging at the start of the "trail". In an effort to find the least steep way up the mountain, we retraced our 4/10s mile on FS470 to the intersection with FS8117, and hiked north along FS8117 for approximately 340 feet, where we found a beaten path that intersects the fossil trail. We followed the fossil trail which did eventually intersect the (at this point well-flagged) climber's path, which we followed to the summit and back down. It was a steep but enjoyable hike and we had fun doing some veg-belaying and dirt glissading. This is my 8th WACoHP.

WALLA WALLA & KLICKITAT-- considered but not attempted
Note: we called Mike, the landowner for the Walla Walla Co. HP, Lewis Peak, from Dayton on Friday 10/28. He was amiable but did not grant access to us because elk hunting season starts Saturday. He said any time in the summer should not be a problem.
Note: we pulled off at the top of Satus Pass and considered making an attempt at Klickitat Co. HP the afternoon of 10/29 on our way to the gorge from Rattlesnake Hills. We had not planned this stop and determined we would need to research it more in advance and ensure ourselves a little more daylight for a reasonable bid to the contender HPs. We continued on to the gorge.
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