Ascent of West Mountain on 2010-06-11

Climber: Rodney Ziak

Date:Friday, June 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Mountain
    Elevation:2733 ft / 833 m

Ascent Trip Report

Former Champion Paper Company land now West Mountain WMA. Followed old skidder roads then whacked up to west end of ridge, followed east where I was lucky enough to pick up the old fire wardens trail. At the summit was surprised to see a well preserved but locked fire watchman's cabin and fire tower, with even a well maintained .5 acre lawn ringing the cabin and tower, an idyllic location on a fair weather day, everything meticulously maintained. On the way down I made use of the old fire trail that was easy to follow, down to about 2100 feet then cut over to link with my ascent route.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1003 ft / 306 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Trailhead:1730 ft / 527 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:45 Minutes

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