Ascent of North Mountain on 2017-07-22
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, July 22, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3840 ft / 1170 m|
Ascent Trip ReportVehicle access to the gate is easy, and I parked in the obvious turnout. I can confidently say after doing a carryover from the south, that the southern approach is superior. It is both shorter and the bushwhack is easier. Although you can do this in the winter, I would be skeptical that it would really make things any easier. It’s the trees that make the bushwhack unpleasant, and if there were ever enough snow to mitigate that, you would have to climb quite a ways due to the roads being snowed in.
Anyway, the logging road going off to the south east from the gate is completely decommissioned with a substantial berm or two at the start. It is also quite overgrown, but the vegetation is mostly knee to waist high and soft (no devils club). There is a faint game trail down the logging road along with copious amounts of bear scat.
Once at the junction, I followed the left fork and took it to its terminus. In retrospect, I would just go straight up the ridge from the junction. The left fork is quite overgrown and the going is easier in the trees. This quickly puts out in the fissures on the ridge, and it’s an easy traverse over to the summit contour. I suspect that the highest point is in fact a rock to the very north, which is easily seen from where the pin is on peakbagger.
I decided to traverse over to the north summit and visit the lookout which is open to the public. I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me two tries. I got disoriented and completed turned around ending back up on the summit after 15 minutes. I got onto some flagging and didn’t realize in the this brush that I was turning around. The second time I made sure to stay as close to the ridge as possible and very quickly found flagging taking me the whole way to the access road. The brush is dense and the very overgrown old roadbed may actually be more difficult than sticking it out in the trees on the sides. From the access road, it’s a quick jaunt back down to the gate.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||634 ft / 192 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||634 ft / 193 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2.7 mi / 4.3 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Overcast|
| Gain on way in:||494 ft / 150 m|
| Distance:||0.9 mi / 1.4 km|
| Route:||South Side|
| Start Trailhead:||Locked Gate 3346 ft / 1019 m|
| Time:||35 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||634 ft / 193 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 494 ft / 151 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m|
| Gain on way out:||140 ft / 42 m|
| Distance:||1.8 mi / 2.9 km|
| Route:||Access Road|
| End Trailhead:||Locked Gate 3346 ft / 1019 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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