Ascent of Winchester Mountain on 2017-09-16

Climber: Lawrence Kuracina

Others in Party:my dog
Date:Saturday, September 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Winchester Mountain
    Elevation:6510 ft / 1984 m

Ascent Trip Report

The last 2 miles of the road are in rough shape but the worst part was just before the last switchback as there was a culvert in the road that was tricky to clear. Then you'll arrive at Twin Lakes and the trailhead is between the two lakes. I parked at the first parking spot that I came to. That spot was really for one of the campsites as the trailhead was a little further up the road. But the parking there was full anyways so just as well. It added a little distance but not too much. The trail was in great shape with some blueberries along the hillside. I saw a black bear watching us and then a little later I saw it's blue-berry laden scat on the trail. The two fellows a little ways behind me saw the bear run-off. It is a fairly popular trail so I was a little surprised to see it. Maybe the breakfast smells of the campers made it curious. This was the first bear that I've seen in years. Unfortunately there was a lot of smoke in the air from all of the forest fires limiting the views. The lookout is maintained by a local hiking club and open to visitors and over-night stays.
From I-5 take exit 255 (Sunset/Mt Baker hwy) and drive east 31 miles to the town of Glacier
Drive another 13.5 miles and take a left on forest service road 3065 (Twin Lakes Road)
Drive 5 miles (stay left at all forks) park at the Yellow Aster Butte/Lake Tomyhoi trailhead
From here high clearance vehicles may be able to drive beyond this point but it gets very rough. Park at Twin Lakes Trailhead.

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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
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