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Ascent of Rogers Peak on 2017-04-30

Climber: Daniel Mick

Others in Party:Ardel Frick
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rogers Peak
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:3706 ft / 1129 m

Ascent Trip Report

DIRECTIONS: ALERT: alternate West route found since the gate at 45.6339, -123.5555 has been reported closed by multiple parties.
Was unable to upload a track.

West road has a couple small washouts that a Subaru handled without problem. The rest of the road is roughish forest road. 6.4 miles from South gate. Ends at private logging gate.

Hike along wooded forest road until borrow pit/multi-road intersection at 45.6685, -123.5596. The bowl NW of Rogers Peak has been clearcut and replanted about a decade ago.

Our ascent is not recommended but described here: We followed the USGS maps roads by taking the upper road, then switchbacked twice. The road quickly becomes overgrown but passable. If there is moisture on the foliage, you will get soaked this route. The road peaks where it begins heading East on the map. We then scrambled off-trail up the slope towards the saddle WSW of the peak. This was steep and difficult terrain, made worse by deep snow left over on the North exposure. Once at the saddle we followed the road and previous reports to obtain the summit.

On the way down we discovered a much easier ascent road: the sub-peak WSW has a clearcut boundary that is a much more gentle slope, and has a semi-established path from logging equipment. The problem is that at the very bottom, at the intersection of the road, is a short steep section. There appears to be a foot path through this section (look backwards a short ways after the second switchback/just about where the overgrowth begins, to see a reverse switchback foot path ascending quickly up slope into the trees which then exits onto the boundary line). Our return track went back to the saddle, followed the boundary line down, picked a short scramble on to the road, and walked back.

EXPERIENCE: as with many coast range peaks, the vast majority of the time was spent getting to the peak. The hike itself included a slightly demanding scramble up the West saddle. I regret not doing more detailed research prior to going out, but all turned out fine.


RATING
0/1 ACCESS - new route but poor road condition
2/2 REMOTENESS (Popularity, Sight/Sound) - active logging area, but no one else would ever be back here
0/1 CONDITION - brushy logging scramble section
1/3 VARIETY (Flora and Fauna, Geological, Terrain) - the approach includes nice creeks, cliffs, etc.
1/3 VIEWS - some interesting views because of the clearcut but just a bump otherwise
TOTAL 4/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:850 ft / 259 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Logging road and boundary line
    Trailhead:West Approach  2856 ft / 870 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Daniel Mick
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