Ascent to Tumwater Mountain-South Slope West Peak on 2010-01-23

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 23, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Tumwater Mountain - South Slope West Peak
    Elevation:5060 ft / 1542 m
    Remaining Elevation:180 ft / 55 m (6% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Access is via Port Blakely Tree Farms and is behind a gate on a bridge and a further gate heading W after the bridge. Gates were open but present signage indicates logging and No Trespassing. A local reports the gate is seldom locked and we knew our destination was not in the way of their logging operations. Actual peak and hike are on USFS land. Trail does not show on USGS map but it is there. Creek crossings were more interesting than they might normally be. Cold. It got a little messy above 4800'. Ran out of time. A pleasant overlooked hike even for non-peakbagger types. Nice water features. Big views, not so much.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3260 ft / 993 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route:Trail 205 and Trail 218
    Trailhead:Goat Creek TH  2400 ft / 731 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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