Ascent of Rattlesnake Hills Lookout on 2018-04-14

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rattlesnake Hills Lookout
    Elevation:3629 ft / 1106 m

Ascent Trip Report

GPS track of whole drive off Hwy 241
**High clearance or very confident mid clearance vehicles required. Do not attempt if any chance of mud.**

I was driving by on my way back from Eastern Washington and had extra time so I summitted even though I had been intending to save it for a later date. "Golden Hour" light and partly cloudy storm skies made the views magical.

The only redeeming thing about this summit are the views. The first section of road is well maintained for powerline access. The mid-section (to first towers) is rocky but passable for mid clearance. The majority of the drive (first towers to summit) is cross country bumpy rutted pasture driving. Someone earlier in the season in high clearance put deep ruts in the mud. I did it all in my Honda Element with some careful driving; high-centering is a distinct possibility, and any moisture may guarantee getting stuck. The benchmark is in a few rocks just east of the summit.

1/1 ACCESS - Google
2/2 REMOTENESS (Popularity, Sight/Sound) - I can't imagine there ever being someone else up there
0/1 CONDITION - high clearance - do not attempt if any chance of mud
0/3 VARIETY (Flora and Fauna, Geological, Terrain) - open sagebrush
3/3 VIEWS - expansive views
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

Washington Ultimate CoHP/CoPP/Top100e/Top100p/Bulger

Oregon Ultimate CoHP/CoPP/Top100e/Top100p

US Ultimate WEST HP/PP/Iso/2ndLap/4kP/Top100e (doesn't include East of the plains, and WA, OR, CO, AK, HI)

US Ultimate EAST HP/PP/Iso/2ndLap/4kP/Top100e (doesn't include West of the plains)

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1 ft / 0 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1 ft / 0 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Route:Rattlesnake Hills "Road"
    Start Trailhead:Hwy 241  3628 ft / 1105 m
    Time:0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Route:Rattlesnake Hills "Road"
    End Trailhead:Hwy 241  3629 ft / 1106 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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