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Ascent of Price Peak on 2018-03-12

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:April Sarna <10273> who didn't do the last mile cross-country with me
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Price Peak
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:1920 ft / 585 m

Ascent Trip Report

What follows are my specific directions going along with the gpx file uploaded below, which tracks the way I took down (you don't want to go the way I took up): Park by Sulfur Springs trailhead or go to the gate at the end of the Sulfur Springs Road with only a half dozen parking spots and difficult turn around for a horse trailer; continue past the gate at the end of Sulfur Springs Road going due west; at N44.64260° W123.33758°, turn right following the 3.7 mi route toward McCullough; at N44.64916° W123.34164°, turn right off the nice gravel road on a narrow bike trail going up to the top of the ridge; at N44.65089° W123.34968°, take right fork on bike trail going down other side of ridge; turn left on a poor dirt road a bit further down; at N44.65304° W123.35504°, another road comes in from the left (south) but continue going west; at N44.65457° W123.37140°, go up a grassy slope to right and continue up cross-country to the top of the ridge at N44.65576° W123.37033° to follow a path/road going right up the ridge; at N44.65647° W123.36571° take the right fork in the road to go up the right side of the ridge; at N44.65531° W123.36255°, where the road levels off, follow another old road which switchbacks to the left, then to the right, then to the summit, which, at the time, my GPS showed to be at N44.65627° W123.36209°.

While it was challenging getting to the peak, the return trip turned out to be on some very nice old roads and trails. Some of the old roads shown on the topo map below have been rerouted, disappeared, or been replaced with trails that looked like, well, just trails used by bikees. I took us on one such "road" on the way in, continuing west toward Price rather than south to McCullough, but it was one of the disappearing ones, and we ended up breaking through brush and over logs until, after 200-300 yards of bushwacking, we found another road I'd also seen on the map. This was made more difficult because my wife and I had taken our horses, assuming the road went through. While my wife complained about the logs and thorny blackberry bushes, I was surprised the horses seemed happy enough to follow us through with no difficulty. Once near Price, I went up what appeared to be an old logging road going toward it, but it then went right back down, so I found a way over the berm and continued up to the ridge. I'd told my wife I'd be back in an hour, since that would give us just enough time to get back by dark. Luckily, I found another old road going up the ridge which was easy enough to follow uphill. Though only a short stretch of this road is on the map, it and other degraded roads took me all the way to the top, bringing me there in exactly a half hour, which was good, because I otherwise would have had to choose to go for the summit or get back later than I promised. While one could see the horizon sparsely through the trees, there wasn't much to see except tree covered hills, so I soon turned around and found a better way down to where my wife was waiting with the horses. Riding back, I saw bikee prints, which I was able to follow to a bikee use trail, which eventually led us back to the nice gravel road we'd come in on. This was just as well, since we arrived back at Sulphur Springs in almost total darkness (lit mostly by the homes along Sulphur Springs Road) 4-5 hours after starting out. The only person we'd seen since leaving these homes behind was someone who passed us in a truck as our horses walked us in not far past the locked gate (he must have had the key), though others were about given a few cars were parked just outside near the gate.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1660 ft / 505 m
    Elevation Loss:1660 ft / 505 m
    Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1490 ft / 454 m
    Extra Loss:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:several gravel/dirt roads with some xcnty
    Trailhead:Sulphur Springs trailhead  600 ft / 182 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1490 ft / 454 m
    Extra Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:generally west but see GPX file
    Trailhead:Sulphur Springs trailhead  600 ft / 182 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by John E Sarna
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