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Ascent of Sheep Mountain on 2008-09-20

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Saturday, September 20, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sheep Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8274 ft / 2521 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike 26 miles from the S on good Pasayten trails to approach the peak. Then an easy 27th mile of off-trail finish on grassy slopes above tree line will get you to the summit. Return the same way, for a RT total of 54 miles.

Sadly, the summit views are marred by clearcuts and roads very nearby to the N in Canada. When I say nearby, I mean very nearby like within two or three miles. The roadbuilders have torn up the area by the Ashnola River Road and on the ridge to the W of that river in pursuit of timber. They've put in roads just to the NE of Park Pass very close to be border cut-line. You could even hike N on the trail on the W side of the peak to get a close look at all of those roads and clearcuts because if you hiked out towards Park Pass you'd be very close to them. It's quite sad to see those roads close to a peak that requires such great effort from all US approaches. Very sad.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1824 ft / 556 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:?
    Trailhead:?  6450 ft / 1965 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy



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