Ascent of Camano Island High Point on 2017-02-05

Climber: Brian McCarty

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Camano Island High Point
    Elevation:580 ft / 176 m

Ascent Trip Report

I researched this one a while. I read trip reports and studied Google Earth closely.

I came to the conclusion there is only two points that a county HP'er should spend their time doing.

Point 1: According to Google Earth the very end of Sequoia Pl road is 594'. Google Earth shows the HP to be 595' and a little deeper in the woods than what the map and GPS co-ordinates on this site show. I believe the true HP is 48.2217, -122.5028.

To get there I parked at the very end of the road on the road leading into the forest just to the right of the gate post with the "no trespassing" sign. I wasn't worried about being noticed on a soggy Super Bowl Sunday during the game! About 50 yards down the forest road it jags a little to the right and is going more downhill.

At this point take the faint trail to the left (parallel to Sequoia Pl). Angle to the left so that you will be maybe 100 yards deep in the woods behind the owner's yard. Don't worry about being seen once you are in the woods. It is dark and dense with giant ferns and some brush. I didn't see a red fern but I digress. Now is a good time for me to warn you about the rolling "peaks" and "valleys" and fallen trees hidden by the giant ferns. I learned the hard way.

At my GPS point is a big ol' stump about 7' tall which I believe to be the HP. A few feet away is a freshly fallen tree. About 18 yards SE of the stump is a bump that maybe the same height. I left a stick in the ground and three rocks on the bump as a marker.

"New" Point 2: According to Google Earth this spot is very small and is 592'. It is in a little patch of woods between the first and second houses on the right side of Sequoia Pl road. There is nowhere I could have parked near these houses and not be seen. So I parked at the beginning of Windsun road and walked back. There is a gap in the fence in front of the patch of woods. How convenient! I found another big tall stump about 10 yards in and close to the first house's yard. The stump is 48.22484, -122.5034 and appears to be the highest spot here.

"Old" Points 2-5: As described in other trip reports of this county highpoint I feel they are not worth the time. Using Google Earth I zoomed in and rolled all over them and all of them are safely under 590'. If anyone can demonstrate that Google Earth is wildly inaccurate then I will go back to tag the "Old" points 2-5.
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I believe this stump to be Camano Islands highpoint according to Google Earth (2017-02-05). Photo by Brian McCarty.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1 ft / 0 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:End of N. Sequoia Pl road  579 ft / 176 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:12 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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