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Ascent of Yellow Hill on 2012-06-24

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Sunday, June 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Yellow Hill
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5527 ft / 1684 m

Ascent Trip Report

Public land. Approach road is car passable up until newer TH at berms at about 2800'. Older maps show the road going higher and it does and it would be driveable except that they have bermed it. That way you can walk a driveable road instead of having to drive it.

Basically a trail hike so straight-forward. Hike road until about 3700'. Take the obvious but unsigned steep ascending motorcycle trail upward. Just walk that. Later a road came back in and that may be a continuation of the road lower down but it might not. Dunno. The map shows a trail fork with one trail looping out W and one going directly up. Instead, we found no such fork and we took what seems to be the direct trail although we found the route to be a bit more loopy than the map shows. In any event, just stick with the trail. Get close enough to the peak and then walk the 100' vertical off trail easily to the summit and benchmark. No problems. Some snow lingering above 5000' currently. Showers off and on. Descended the same way. Some decent Teanaway views. Not a great peak but a decent choice for a little exercise on a rainy day. We considered continuing to Backcourt Elbow Peak but the rain and lingering snow plus our relative lack of interest in the Backcourt failed to provide sufficient motivation.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3007 ft / 915 m
    Extra Gain:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Trail 1222
    Trailhead:Bermed Road  2800 ft / 853 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Washington



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