Ascent of West Onion Peak on 2017-05-29

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:West Onion Peak
    Elevation:3076 ft / 937 m

Ascent Trip Report

Be ready for the road turn-off almost immediately South of Hug Point park. Plenty of room for a car or two in front of the gate. Follow Hug Point Rd. to Onion Peak Rd. which is actually signed on a PVC piece. The turn back South looks like it's not the way to go and I actually continued North for a bit past 45.8212, -123.9278 instead of going uphill. The old roadbed comes right after a red rock blast on the curve of a road. It's obvious if you're watching your GPS and know you're expecting it. The roadbed hasn't been used for decades and is forested, but there is a boot trail. Per James Barlow's report, I turned off through the trees and also found it to be much nicer than the roadbed, and much more interesting. I rejoined the road uphill and hiked around the corner to the summit ridge. I scrambled uphill intentionally taking some 4th class scrambling. There are plenty of 2nd class options through the boulders and trees and brush, but they may take some poking around. They are more obvious on the way down than the way up.

Highly recommend a bike for this trip. It's 10 miles of excellent logging road otherwise. Being unfit and not a bike rider, I pushed my bike the vast majority of the way up. But it was fantastic on the way down!...until I got a flat. =/

A return trip after not getting this peak Jan 2016 ( Similar to then, I was expecting a bluebird day, and it was, until ~1500 feet when the cloud level set in and things got misty. Thankfully I got above the clouds at ~2600 and stellar views over the cloud layer to the ocean and of a few neighboring peaks poking out. In addition, as others have experience, the summit scramble would SOAK you if there is any kind of cloud/mist/precipitation. Lots of brush, ducking under/pushing aside branches, high grasses, etc. There are a few unlinked bootpaths through sections, but it's mostly a choose-your-own-adventure scramble to the top. The summit has the remnants of multiple radio towers. I hopped around on several as well as got great views to the East before descending. Be sure to bring a pump and extra tube and/or repair kit with your bike...!

1/1 ACCESS - well-maintained logging area
1/2 REMOTENESS (Popularity, Sight/Sound) - logging area but no other people
1/1 CONDITION - well-maintained roads, short bushwack at the summit
2/3 VARIETY (Flora and Fauna, Geological, Terrain) - one of the more interesting forest road/logging trips I've done, but only because of the summit area
2/3 VIEWS - great views of the coast range, and views of the ocean from the summit and the way up
TOTAL 7/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

Ultimate OR & WA Lists: CoHP, CoPP, Top e100, Top p100
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3131 ft / 953 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Hug Point Rd.
    Trailhead:Hug Point Rd. Gate  145 ft / 44 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Daniel Mick
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