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Ascent of Juniper Dunes Wilderness High Point on 2012-09-30

Climber: Ken Russell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Juniper Dunes Wilderness High Point
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:1140 ft / 347 m

Ascent Trip Report

I mistakenly turned into Smith Canyon offroad area. Stay on Peterson Road until it ends and a sandy, very humpy road heads east. The farther you get back in, the less gravel the "road" has and more sand. A car can probably make it 2 miles in from Peterson Road but there are opportunities to get stuck. I car camped at 2.5 miles and a bunch of teenagers showed up with huge speakers and proceeded to party until 6am.

Beyond 2.5 miles, the road becomes a wide trail. It is very sandy and hilly and I had to lower my tire pressure and use 4wd to make it through. I drove to 4.4 miles where a steep, soft sand hill wasn't worth trying.

I didn't look for the wilderness gate and just squirmed under the fence when I found it. Walking through the wilderness is annoying due to the up and down nature of the dune scape. At least the dunes are mostly covered in vegetation. I worried a lot about rattlesnakes but I didn't see any. When you approach the high point, you will see an obviously higher hill beyond. It is outside the wilderness boundary.

On the drive out, I came across the ranger giving first aid to a motorcyclist. The rider didn't see the ranger's winch cable to a stuck vehicle in time.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:990 ft / 301 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Trailhead:750 ft / 228 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear



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