Ascent of North Twin on 2011-07-23

Climber: Bri Wilson

Others in Party:Karl Themer
Florian Steiner
Tyler Barton
Date:Saturday, July 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Twin
    Elevation:6640 ft / 2023 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took mountain bikes up from the gate that leads to the logging roads. There is a little route finding at this point to get to the trail that leads to the ridge of N twin. Their are cairns marking the entrance point to many of the road junction options. It is about 7 mi to this trail. Scrambling the W ridge is mostly a "choose your own adventure." We often stayed on the right side of the ridge and kept navigating up and towards the false summit. Cross over the false summit and walk along the top of the ridge to the true summit. The true summit is very close to the north face. With plenty of snow, the N face is easily down climbed with an axe, and once the grade is lower, glissading is possible. Once below the rocks take a left and traverse over to the dirt trail part of the ridge to head back down to the bikes. Biking out is really quick. The descent took a little longer than expected due to 2 flats experienced.

More precise notes: We parked before the gate at the bridge over the Nooksack. Approach descriptions us to this point remain the same. There are new logging roads in the area. Note that you now want the FIFTH spur road on the right from the main logging road (previously the fourth). The first four right-hand spur roads are all passed in the first 1.5 miles. You will also pass at least two logging roads on the left (9030 and 9050). After entering a large clear-cut are we found the turn-off (at 2600') marked by a large cairn on a tree stump, the first of four such cairns marking road turns. This road is improved and in good shape. There is a steep road branching left (ignore) before a large bridge. Older reports state that there are boulders in this road and that it narrows at some point - the boulders are now gone and the road does not narrow. After the bridge another turn-off is marked by another cairn (at ~3100'). This next road passes an old, overgrown road with a berm (road 9090 - ignore). Not long after a third cairn marks the turn (at ~3200') onto the last road. This last road is very overgrown and narrow but continue to push bikes up this road. It will switchback steeply before a final turn-off with a cairn at ~3900'. A hundred feet later the TH is reached at about 4000'. The climbers' trail is easily followed up to the ridge. On the descent we descended snow and were careful to traverse around to intersect the W ridge at 4600' where we could hike out on the trail, thereby avoiding any bushwhacking.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5400 ft / 1646 m
    Elevation Loss:5400 ft / 1646 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3-4
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ice Axe, Rope
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5400 ft / 1646 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:W Ridge
    Trailhead:South Gate  1240 ft / 377 m
    Time Up:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5400 ft / 1646 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:N Face
    Trailhead:South Gate  1240 ft / 377 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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