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Ascent of Ten-Four Mountain on 2017-04-24

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ten-Four Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4384 ft / 1336 m

Ascent Trip Report

Originally I had intended to approach the mountain from the east and ski it a few weeks prior. However, access from the east is no longer realistic. Weyerhauser now owns the timberland, and they have an onerous and expensive permitting process for recreational access. The distance from the gate on Highway 2 to the east is now comparable to the approach from Ben Howard Road.

Since this became a bit of a grudge peak, I did it on foot from the west via the logging roads that run past Airplane lake. I was expecting this to be a dumpster peak, but I actually really enjoyed the albeit long hike. The forest was serene and there are nice views through the clear cuts of the sound and mountains surrounding highway 2. However, if I had a bike I should have brought it. The road is quite well graded and would make for easy riding.

This was a heavy snow year, and I timed conditions perfectly. There was no snow until Airplane lake making the approach pretty easy. But, immediately leaving Airplane lake the snow was significant and the road was completely covered. For the ascent, I actually went straight up the slopes above the lake cutting the long traverse that the road makes. The snow was well consolidated and easy to ascend. From the ridge, the snow was maybe 5' deep on the south facing aspects all the way to the summit. All of the brush for the bushwhack to the summit was completely covered, making it fairly innoucous. The trees are still dense until the the old growth near the summit is reached, but it was nowhere near the horrible descriptions from trip reports during other times of the year.

For the descent, I followed the road the entire way out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4224 ft / 1287 m
    Round-Trip Distance:22.8 mi / 36.7 km
    Route:Logging Roads
    Trailhead:Ben Howard Road  160 ft / 48 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 9 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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