Ascent of Abernathy Mountain on 2013-03-24

Climber: Ken Russell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Abernathy Mountain
    Elevation:2600 ft / 792 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is definitely a logging country summit, but the roads are in good condition and there are some nice views.

I came in from Growlers Gulch near Castle Rock. The gate at the end of the pavement is currently open due to a new house under construction 100 yds behind it. A new gate is about to be installed just beyond the house. The new homeowners might allow access to continue but only time will tell. If access does continue, park at the turnaround at the end of pavement, not near the new house.

I was surprised to find a dozen vehicles parked there with bike racks. It turns out that there are miles and miles of mountain bike trails near the first part of the route to Abernathy.

From the Growlers Gate you start by crossing under the powerlines and climbing to the first ridge top. The following mileages are from GMAP.
At 0.7 mi stay straight.
At 2.0 mi bear left uphill.
At 3.0 mi bear left.
At 3.1 mi bear right. This road was signed 9313.
At 3.6 mi stay straight as the route joins the Castle Rock Truck Trail. This road was signed 9300.
At 4.3 mi bear left.
At 6.1 mi stay straight.
At 7.3 mi bear right.
Summit area at 8.9 mi.

I rode or pushed my bike up to about the 6.7 mi where there was a stretch of snow covered road so I stashed the bike. The deepest snow for the day was only an inch or two and it was melting fast. I came across a herd of 12 cow elk near mile 6.5.

The summit area has two 2600 contours and I couldn't tell which was higher so I visited both. While I was on the summit I heard several howls from somewhere below so I howled back. They stopped.

Once I got back to my bike, the descent went very fast.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2620 ft / 798 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:17.8 mi / 28.6 km
    Trailhead:Growlers Gulch Gate  480 ft / 146 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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