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Ascent of Ebey Hill on 2010-12-18

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ebey Hill
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:1780 ft / 542 m

Ascent Trip Report

The primary challenge of this peak is access. As best as we can tell, the roads are all signed and the parking is not good. This is a shame because the summit area is DNR and thus public land. But that public land is an island surrounded by private land and there is probably no way to avoid that. We felt a stroll up steep brushy forest away from houses was of no harm but this is something you will have to determine for yourself. We also did not go past any negative signage or go within sight of any residences (on the S side of 530).

The best route that we could come up with involved parking at the bridge where 530 crosses the Stillaguamish. From here we walked the railroad grade W for 100 yards. Then suffered the brush as it was up up and away. The first 100 vertical is the worst with nasty prickly stuff. Ick. Ow. As we got higher this thinned out into ferns and then that was not so bad. The grade was direct though not super steep. We just plodded on and found our way to a bit of a rock at about 850'. This was a mossy vertical rock face of about 30' that we bypassed on the climber's right.

From there we soon had a reprieve from the green stuff as we hit an old logging landing. I won't go into the story of the roads but suffice it to say that it was all on the aerials. Some of our road route is found on current topos and some of it is not. We zigzagged back and forth on the roads which were not very efficient in getting us from point A to point B but we were nonetheless a zillion times better than the brush. After getting SE of the peak we took a right turn on a N trending road and then hooked left into the woods to gain another unmapped old road. This was annoyingly ripped every 50 feet. Then we finished it off with a dive into the brush. We tagged the somewhat indistinct 1780+20 contour. Then we retraced our way back E and tagged the highest ground in the surrounding 1760+40 contour. Even though the 1780+ appears as a higher contour within that 1760+ contour, since the 1760+ spills over onto the adjacent 40 foot interval map to the E it is therefore possible that the 1760+ could be as high as 1799 and thus higher than 1780+. Clear as mud? Whatever.

We went down basically the same way except for a minor deviation that added distance but avoided brush. The pokey plants were less bothersome on the way down. We made it out just before dark but not before it started raining. This is a heinous blackberry thorn adorned climb up a mtn with a perfectly good road nearly to the top that is guarded by dogs and a wrought iron electronic gate. Top it off with unmapped roads, a veiwless summit and clearcuts and it does not get much more lame than this. The only consolation is that we crossed off a peak that had been a bit of a thorn in our sides, at the cost of making that literally so. Stupid Ebay.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1950 ft / 593 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Painful Schwacking
    Trailhead:Hwy 530 Bridge  130 ft / 39 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2 Brush
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Dry until the last hour



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