Ascent of Abercrombie Mountain on 2010-08-14
|Others in Party:||Petter Bjørstad|
|Date:||Saturday, August 14, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||7308 ft / 2227 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAn easy pre-breakfast bag. We drove to the trailhead (1528m) above Leadpoint, the previous evening: directions as follows:
In Colville, US-395 north, turn R (E) on SR-20 (stoplight, mile 0.0); at mile 1.1 turn L (N) on Aladdin Rd; mile 26.5 fork L onto road 9445; drive past Deep Lake, to Leadpoint; at mile 33.7 turn R onto Silver Creek Road (good dirt road); at mile 34.3 fork L; cross cattle guard (mile 35.2); at mile 35.6 fork L, uphill. At mile 39.9, forest road turns sharp L and becomes road #300 (signpost for trailhead); trailhead where road ends at mile 43.3. We had 4x4, last 3mi of approach would be just about feasible without high-clearance - probably...
We had a few views of the summit from the early part of road #300 - best seen afternoon/evening when sun is behind you. We also got a view from the main road 9445 between Leadpoint and Deep Lake. It is set back and looks pretty unspectacular...
We started hiking at 05:15, first light, wide trail (old forest road), zigzags upwards to reach a T-junction: signpost indicates summit is to L. Forest gradually thins; summit area has partially stony slopes and scattered pines; benchmark (elevation value has been defaced) and cairn at summit with base of a former building nearby. Plenty of peaks visible to N (BC) and east; we didn't identify any: one to the WNW looked like it should be pretty prominent but didn't seem to tie up with any of the Ultras. (Petter advises: subsequently identified by Jonathan de Ferranti as Old Glory Mountain, Elevation, 2376 (higher than Abercrmbie), P1046)
Summit in 1h15, down in same time, then back to Colville for breakfast before a scenic drive S via the Columbia and Snake rivers, to Riggins, for a meal before driving up to the Seven Devils campground ready for tomorrows's He+She Devil ascent.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2295 ft / 700 m|
| Distance:||7 mi / 11.3 km|
| Route:||Western approach|
| Trailhead:||TH above Leadpoint 5013 ft / 1527 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
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