Ascent of West Onion Peak on 2017-04-01

Climber: Eric Thornton

Date:Saturday, April 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Onion Peak
    Elevation:3076 ft / 937 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked just below the gate at Hug Point Road. Current signage allows people on foot during daylight hours. Bikes are not allowed.

I mostly followed James Barlow's GPS track that I had preloaded onto my phone using the Peak Bagger iPhone app. I also referenced Eric Kassan's and George Burgesses's tracks. The main road had miles markers at 0.5 and 1.0 miles, but none after that. I saw a herd of seven elk about 1.5 miles in.

The old road bed was not very obvious to me so be sure you are actively looking for it. Calling it an old road bed is generous. It is incredibly overgrown and fairly difficult to follow. I scrambled through the large boulders and through the incredibly thick brush up to the summit. By the time I made the summit I was absolutely drenched. My hands were so wet my phone wouldn't unlock for a summit photo. It didn't really matter since it was very foggy and there was little to see anyways.

On the descent I couldn't reference my phone so I ended up bypassing the old road bed and working my way straight back to the road. This is not recommended. It took way more time than necessary and resulted in my being even more drenched.

I hit the road about 1/4 mile from Dave's Spur, the route used by Eric Kassan on the way up. Luckily I had a dry jacket to switch into for the uneventful ascent.

If you can, do this when it is dry, otherwise plan on taking a complete change of clothes for your descent.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds

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