Ascent of Alger Alp on 2018-03-25

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
Date:Sunday, March 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Alger Alp
    Elevation:1315 ft / 400 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trip turned out better than expected. With recent snow, I wanted something low given driving limitations and to avoid snow for Bobby since the snow on 3325 had hurt his paws. Found a few options by Mount Vernon. I was familiar with the name of this peak but didn't know much about it. The GPS track by the dude who keeps repeating this made it a winner and I assumed no one would repeat a tresbag like 20 times. The weather held out all day and in the end this had a trail, pleasant forest, no real bushwhacking, and no access issues which is pretty good overall for a winter accessible new peak.

So from old Hwy 99 it turns out that there is a signed county park trailhead. About a dozen cars here with most folks going to Squire Lake. No fee. Public down low. Dogs allowed. Hike the trail up to the lake. Turned right and then at the next trail post I turned right onto the South Ridge trail. Trail is really going S along the NW ridge of Alger Alp. This trail goes on ridge and parallels the lower Squire Lakes loop. Saw two parties above the lake. The trail is pleasant and wanders through lush 2nd growth forest. Tracks very closely along the ridgeline above a cliff and I kept Bobby on leash. Several other connections with the lower trail. After a bit a trail post indicates the end of parkland at about 640'. The land above is logging land but with no negative signs or anything indicating ownership. Not USFS and I figured a logging company would have signed this so my wild guess is DNR.

Anyway, hike the trail until it ends at a logging landing. From here it is a road hike. Like the trail, the roads are unmapped but go right to the summit more or less. Roads are all in excellent driving shape but no visible tracks so probably not driven much until it's time to cut timber again. Anyway, first junction, ignore a road (1330) going back left at 880' and continue straight. At the next junction, go straight at a saddle and ignore a downhill right at 900'. Then at the next T intersection go R and ignore Road 1310 to the left also at about 900'. The finally hit the main road (1000) and go left at about 900' again. Some up and down in this section with the junctions and then the final climb to the summit. I continued to the road end at maybe 1280' where you get a view out towards Chuckanut. Then go left on a trail for maybe 50 horizontal feet. See some minor brush ahead and right and I was able to work clockwise into this where I found the HP. Pretty far at the W end of the contour but maybe my GPS was off. Worked back to footpath and went E until into older timber and then you can see its is downhill to the E. I continued on to the spot and then back and started my GPS track. Called it good and headed down. No real issues on the descent.

The last map on link below shows the route. Can also be approached from the South but I think that is more of a logging land roadwalk so I'd recommend my route but who knows.
Map Link
Final bit to the summit is the road more or less as mapped but you just follow the actual road.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1195 ft / 363 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:South Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Old Highway 99  280 ft / 85 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Noel
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