Ascent of Tyee Hill on 2010-04-11

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Sunday, April 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tyee Hill
    Elevation:1798 ft / 548 m

Ascent Trip Report

We think the best jumping off point is off of the major road on the W side of Lake Pleasant. Follow this into Rayonier timberlands property and park at the gate at 761' which happens to be the key saddle. Walk the road W a flat 3/5ths of a mile and then your best option is to turn L. What we actually did was continue on the traverse to the road that goes up the next ridge over. We followed good bikeable roads to about 1500'. We ignored a first spur right and then came to a junction with one road continuing straight ahead but we turned right on a road that crosses the ridge just N of bigger timber and then angles off downhill on the W side of the ridge. Near the road HP, look for a grassy overgrown road blocked by a log that will head straight up the ridgeline. We took this as it showed on our mytopo map and because we wanted to create a loop that would take us through the huge highest contour. This is a grassy road but not really brushy at all and makes for good walking until it peters out pretty close to 1798. We continued to the approximate location of 1798 where we easily identified the highest forest ground. Easy fairly open forest. We then headed SE and quickly into a clearcut where you can find the other HP contender which is a shaved dirt mound. Hard to say which is higher. From this spot find a short unmapped spur that will take you down to the 9110 road junction shown at 1680'. Then just follow that direct road down the ridge. Because our exit route is shorter and because we are confident that the highest forested ground is near the 1798 spot and not further N we would recommend the shorter most easterly road. Just take that up and then hit that last unmapped extension to the dirt bump summit. Then cross a bit of slash to the forest and hit that HP and go out the way you came. Quicker than the other route or a loop. Mostly bikeable. This is all Rayonier timberlands but signage indicates walking is OK.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1117 ft / 341 m
    Elevation Loss:1117 ft / 341 m
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2 Brush
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1097 ft / 335 m
    Extra Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Trailhead:Key Saddle  761 ft / 231 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1057 ft / 323 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Trailhead:Key Saddle  761 ft / 231 m

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