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Ascent of Bowman Mountain on 2015-10-11

Climber: Ken Russell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Bowman Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4230 ft / 1289 m

Ascent Trip Report

Weyerhaeuser now requires a permit for access to this one. Non-motorized is $50 for the year and is good for all Weyerhaeuser lands north of I-90. I opted for the $200 motorized permit that came with a key. I drove through the gate off of Mosquito Lake Rd and did Blue first. I then followed good roads up the west side of Bowman, staying left at a Y with a new bridge just after, and turning right onto spur 8100 near what the map called a "borrow pit". Spur 8100 wanders around a lot but the main route is generally easy to identify. Make sure and turn left at about 3400 ft to continue up. The west side of the summit ridge has been recently logged doesn't look much like the aerials anymore. Above the 3000 ft level, high clearance might be nice to have. I parked at about 4000 ft and found an elk trail that led steeply up to the ridge line about midway between the south and north summits. The abandoned road along the ridge made for easy travel to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:West side spur 8100  4000 ft / 1219 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy



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