Ascent of Old Blue Mountain on 2011-12-18

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Old Blue Mountain
    Elevation:3300 ft / 1005 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Old Blue Mountain from the Hwy 34 and the Marys Peak Road near the Alsea Summit. Go up Marys Peak Road 3.2 miles and then turn left on FR 13-7-4, Yew Creek Road. Zero your odometer and go 0.8 miles and make a sharp turn to the right, at 4.5 miles take the left fork, and at 4.6 miles take the left fork, and then almost immediately turn right on FR 13-7-18. At 5.3 miles go right, at 5.5 miles go left, and at 6.5 miles reach a gravel pit on your left. I got here and it was dark. I took the right fork, drove an additional 0.8 miles and parked where FR 13-7-5.6 goes uphill to the left.

I car camped here and in the morning hiked up this overgrown abandoned road. The road kept going up through logging debris and brush and then entered a recent clear cut and crossed over to the west side and the bottom of the clear cut where I found a nice gravel road. I turned left and ascended up to where there was another road that cut sharply back to the left and I followed that road up towards the summit. I followed the road all the way up to a large gravel pit on the summit. The high point is just beyond the back wall of the gravel pit. I think if I would have driven left at the lower gravel pit the night before, I would have been able to drive all the way up to the summit. There may be some good views, but it was foggy when I was on the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:985 ft / 300 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:West Side
    Trailhead:2315 ft / 705 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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