Ascent of Quartz Creek Ridge-Peak 5245 on 2018-07-09

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Quartz Creek Ridge-Peak 5245
    Elevation:5245 ft / 1598 m

Ascent Trip Report

I headed out to do Jumbo Peak but the road is washed out. Looking for a backup plan, I went to Quartz Creek Ridge. While studying the map, I noted a high paved road near a trail that might offer a shortcut. I'm big on shortcuts and new routes. This also offered a chance to scout one of several alternative access options to the Dark Divide area. The 9085 road was in excellent shape and is paved to 4600' which is quite rare for a spur logging road in WA. From there I took a brief 4WD track to gain another hundred feet before this ended. Maybe not worth the last bit. No gates, public.

From my parking spot a motorcycle track was evident on the right heading directly up the slope. I decided to follow this on the correct assumption that it was a connector trail. Trail is well-established but does rise up 240' each way which offset much of my planned reduction in elevation gain. From the junction at 4920' I went left and dropped to a saddle. Then traversed on towards the summit. Trail in good shape but it's got that annoying motorcycle rutting and is deep in places. Lingering snow patches were no issue. A little up and down here and there. Mostly in pleasant forest but I've seen Mt. Adams before so I was content with the shade. Eventually I reached the summit area and quickly poked around with a brief brush free off-trail segment. Reversed course and hiked out. I seriously considered an off-trail traverse to avoid the unnecessary gain on the exit, but I figured if I can't do 300 feet of gain then I need to do 300' of gain. But yeah, I'm pretty confident you could just traverse this is fairly open forest. After striking out on Miners Ridge and Jumbo I was fairly pleased in the end that this speculative route worked out. Probably still shorter on the whole than Bob's route. You could also easily tag a second peak with the 5238 summit if you're into that sort of thing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1605 ft / 488 m
    Extra Gain:520 ft / 158 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:Trail 2
    Trailhead:FS 9085  4680 ft / 1426 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Noel
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