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Ascent of Hartstene Island High Point on 2013-01-19

Climber: Ken Russell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hartstene Island High Point
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:267 ft / 81 m

Ascent Trip Report

I looked up the island name to find out why there are so many different spellings. The island was named for a member of the Wilkes Expedition and he started the confusion by changing the spelling of his own name. It was originally Hartstein but "Hartstene" was more phonetically clear for how he pronounced his name. Over the years other spellings have become common in use and in 1997 the Washington State Legislature passed a measure making the spelling "Harstine" official.

I visited pt 266 first. I came in from the Pt. Wilson gate (which still has the tattered "high fire danger" sign, and the secret is to always take right road branches. The top area is very flat and brushy and I wandered around until satisfied.

I parked at the pt 267 intersection and quickly found the mound on the NE corner. The road north of the intersection seemed to rise a little so I walked up that way. From looking at the ditch drainage pattern, the road appeared to crest about 3 to 400 feet north of the intersection. I found a mound in the brush on west side of the road that was about 3 feet taller than the road at the crest. IMHO, it was the highest spot, but with the flatness of the terrain and the thickness of the brush, I don't think this one will ever be much more than a "satisfy yourself" point.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:77 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Trailhead:Pt. Wilson gate  190 ft / 57 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast



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