Ascent of Anderson Mountain on 2007-03-24

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bob Bolton
Duane Gilliland
Date:Saturday, March 24, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Anderson Mountain
    Elevation:3364 ft / 1025 m

Ascent Trip Report

EN: A good map of Anderson Mountain can be found here. The approach road is shown on this map as A-1000 though we never saw any road number signs. Note that there are two possible summit contours with the south summit triangulated at 3364 and the north summit being 3360+40.

EN: "From I-5 we took Exit 236 on our approach to Anderson Mountain. At the end of the ramp we headed east and then turned left on Old Hwy 99. After that, we turned right on Parsons Creek Road, left on Butler Creek Road and then right onto Echo Hill Road. The summit road is Skaarp Road (signed private but well used by the public it seems) which is reached at the first stop sign along Echo Hill Road. At that stop sign we turned left and soon reached the DNR property boundary where an open gate was found. From here mostly good road passable in season to a passenger car took us up about 8 miles to about 3000 ft. Stay on the obvious main road the entire way and ignore various spurs until you reach the parking spot at the main summit ridge south of the summit. It wouldn't hurt to have a saw with just in case as we saw (the verb form of saw) a decent number of small downed trees. Only a smattering of snow remained and the stuff that was falling on this day was rain and more rain. The summit spur road is bermed at the junction with the main road, a busted up TV marks the spot currently, so off into the drizzle we went. The road was mostly covered in two or three feet of snow with some bare spots here and there. We continued on the road until reaching an unmapped fork at a saddle about halfway between the summit and the car. We went left as that looked more uphill but this seemed to become a bit overgrown and was heading too far west so we backtracked and went right instead. This road worked fine until we reach the point on the map where the road busts a U-turn and curls around clockwise to head South. The summit was just west and a bit north of us. Backtracking a couple hundred feet, we found a path of lesser resistance up the hill through the soggy brush. The south summit was quite mossy and open with a little bit of wind. Once we were off the road there really was very little snow. A quick drop down through the brush led us to the north summit which was also fairly open. I have no idea which was taller, I doubt a person could tell anyway but I couldn't see a damn thing with all the rain on my glasses. But it's easy enough to grab one from the other. We returned the way we came, dropping off the ridge to the east and back down the same road. Overall an easy and quick peak. On this day though, I kind of felt that we bagged the peak, but the rain bagged us. Probably the fork to the left would work if you really wanted to go that way but you'd probably be faced with more off-trail through the brush and it looked steeper dropping off that side of the range from what little I could see so the right fork is recommended. If snow levels were real low you would get stopped quite a ways from this peak so it isn't recommended for January. But for March or April or November this is a solid choice, though a dry day might be preferred. But dry days in the off-season are not exactly in great supply in Western Washington" --Eric Noel, March 24, 2007
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:364 ft / 111 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Roadwalk North, then short bushwhack
    Trailhead:Road Junction South of Summit Ridge  3000 ft / 914 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds

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