Ascent of Whitmore Mountain on 2007-04-07

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Dean Molen
Date:Saturday, April 7, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Whitmore Mountain
    Elevation:3920 ft / 1194 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove in from the road that comes up the South side of Whitmore. This is a good road passable to most vehicles. We were stopped by snow a bit short of the summit and had a quick walk to the top. A rock by the lookout appeared to be the highest spot.

DM: From Brewster, head north on US 97 to past MP 266 and watch for a road on the right called Cameron Lane. This road is paved and heads uphill before it turns east. As you follow Cameron Lane, you will run out of pavement before long and find yourself on a good gravel road that meanders its way eastward.
Eventually Cameron Lane will turn north and you'll pick up Greenway Rd, an unmaintained road (according to the signs) that will continue your journey eastward towards Whitmore Mountain. Stay alert as the road descends down a grade for range cattle . A road northward will be passed but continue straight until you come to a paved road, which you will cross and stay on a dirt road which is now the Saddle Horse Road. Continue to where you will see a sign for the Whitmore Lookout and turn onto that road. (Topozone Link) It is 32 miles from US 97 to this turnoff, most of it on gravel or dirt roads. It is then another 8 or 9 miles to the lookout. Plan accordingly.

Proceed up the Lookout road a short way and you'll come to a fork, with the road on the right seemingly the lesser used one, go left here The road will twist and turn as it gains elevation. The next junction meets a road coming in from the northwest but stay right at the junction as you now will be heading on the road that takes you to the lookout. The highest point is a rock complex just to the left of the stairway of the lookout tower. No benchmark was noted. The lookout is manned during the fire season and is part of the Colville Indian Reservation lookout system.

EN: This peak as well as the roads approaching it are on the Colville Indian Reservation. At least some areas of the reservation are open to public recreation and there were no signs regarding trespassing or prohibited entry along the route above. There is a certain political history associated with outsiders on land belonging to tribes that lingers to this day, so tread lightly and politely if you should chance across any locals. There were also no gates to impede the drive; only cattle momentarily blocked the way. All of these roads were in good condition so it is likely this road could be driven in a standard passenger car provided that there is no snow on the road.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Road from South
    Trailhead:Dean's Truck  3800 ft / 1158 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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