Ascent of Washburn Hill on 2011-08-09

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Washburn Hill
    Elevation:1343 ft / 409 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked on a road southwest of Washburn Hill and followed a powerline right-of-way until I needed to travel east toward the summit. The vegetation was thick in places and it got rather steep. Near the top, I was glad to find a recent bulldozer cut that circumnavigated the summit. I followed the crude road around the north side of Washburn Hill and eventually decided the best approach was up a steep slope on the northeast side with slightly less vegetation. The ground was covered with softball sized rocks and it made climbing quite difficult on the steep slope, but finally I reached a surprising clear summit ridgeline with no trees, except around the perimeter of the elongated summit which prevented any vistas. I made the HUGE mistake of deciding to descend directly west back to my car and I found myself weaving through extremely thick groves of raspberry bushes keeping company with several other species of thorny friends. The horrible descent took an hour and I wondered if I would ever exit my natural prison or have to turn around and climb all the way back to the summit of Washburn Hill, so I could descend using my original climbing route. I continued, however, and finally reached the powerlines again. I was very glad to make it back to my car.
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