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Ascent of Burrows Island High Point on 2011-04-23

Climber: Craig Willis

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Eric Noel
Adam Walker
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Burrows Island High Point
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:646 ft / 196 m

Ascent Trip Report

We read online that an old trail exists behind the lighthouse, leading to the summit. Don't be fooled! We found one well-used trail leading to a south-facing cliff overlook. We also found the beginning of one very overgrown path that quickly disappeared. We bushwhacked up to the summit contours.

There are two summit contours to visit, one officially designated as 646' elevation and another south of there with a 640'+ elevation closed-contour that could very well be higher than the other HP contender. To claim a successful summit you should visit both locations. I added extra gain for the drop-down between the two HP contenders. Besides, they are only separated by a 10-15 minute jaunt. Both summit contenders have decent viewpoints nearby, especially Point 646.

The bushwhacking is the worst between 100' elevation and 350' elevation, and then gets much better after climbing onto some open moss-covered rock shelves and mostly open forest beyond. The thorny plants we encountered were mostly wild roses, but most of the worst bushwhacking involved traveling through thick salal and tree deadfall within it.

This is a peak that only dedicated peakbaggers would like to do. The necessity of a boat (or kayak/canoe), the lack of an approach trail, and the amount of bushwhacking involved all prove that fact. The old lighthouse and buildings were interesting to see up close.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:686 ft / 208 m
    Elevation Loss:686 ft / 208 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:686 ft / 208 m
    Extra Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Trailhead:Beach Near Lighthouse  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:646 ft / 196 m
    Trailhead:Beach Near Lighthouse  0 ft / 0 m



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