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Ascent of Storm King Mountain on 2012-04-22

Climber: Craig Willis

Others in Party:Paul Michelson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Storm King Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4750 ft / 1447 m

Ascent Trip Report

First ascent via this route, which was a good, short route option for this peak. Starting at the logging road located south of Point 1803 near Highway 7, we walked along the road until its end. Then a minor stream crossing and a short jaunt through easy slash debris led to a great road. We turned left onto the road, and then took the next right (east) road (#483). We followed the road up the mountain until reaching a large slash/logging debris area located at ~2800' elevation (west of the mountain summit). We did a short traverse across the debris field (along remnants of a past logging road/track hidden within the debris), and then headed up a steep forested slope until reaching the next road above. From that road we traversed left (north) until reaching another road, and continued to follow that road continually uphill and basically northbound of the summit until reaching the upper ridgetop road. Then we followed the ridgetop road southward and continually uphill (towards the summit) until its end (~4150' elevation). In fact, all of the roads on this route were great roads. From the road-end we headed straight up the north ridgeline a short distance, which was tight and steep in a couple of places, and then a final ascent up semi-open northeast slopes to the summit. From the summit, we descended a gully rather than traverse down the steep, tight ridgeline section... which should have been ours (and anyone in the future using this route) the route of ascent/descent. We cut off big road-walk sections by heading down steep forested slopes, but although that descent route worked for us that would not be the recommended route for an ascent. Overall, a great day trying a great new route. No signage, gates, private property, or parking issues. No problems.

NOTE: This route is much simpler and more straightforward than my description might seem. I will try to generate a route map, either on this website or SummitPost.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3100 ft / 944 m
    Elevation Loss:3100 ft / 944 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3080 ft / 938 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Logging Roads & Minor Off-Road
    Trailhead:Umarked Western Logging Road  1670 ft / 509 m
    Time Up:0 Days 3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3100 ft / 944 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Gully, Forest, Logging Roads, Minor Off-Road
    Trailhead:Unmarked Western Logging Road  1670 ft / 509 m
    Time Down:0 Days 2 Hours 30 Minutes



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