Ascent of Long Mountain on 2018-07-28

Climber: Matt Varney

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Long Mountain
    Elevation:2265 ft / 690 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove up Hoffman Road from Highway 47, took a left on Bacona Road (becomes Hershey Road) and stopped at the intersection with Corral Mainline. The road is all in pretty good condition except for the last couple of miles, which have larger rocks and some rutting and potholes. Unfortunately, the locked gate on Corral Mainline carries a fairly new Weyerhaeuser sign prohibiting any entry without a recreation permit. It has a label (faded and falling off) with a website address and phone number to aid in obtaining such a permit.

Still hoping to complete my third county highpoint for the day (after Rogers Peak and South Saddle Mountain), I noticed in the SummitPost directions that I might be able to drive around to the northeast side of the mountain (Jeppeson Rd, etc.) and enter from there. Since some of the Weyerhaeuser signs along the road indicated that recreational hiking was acceptable, I hoped that I would encounter such a sign on that other side. I didn't get that far. Heading east on Hershey Road for about 0.37 miles, I encountered a 4x4 road on the left. It's shown on the USGS map in the same location. Since there was no sign of any kind here, I decided to try for the summit from here.

PLEASE NOTE: It is possible that Weyerhaeuser requires a recreation permit for the summit of Long Mountain, in addition to the area immediately north of the Corral Mainline gate. For this reason, I do not condone this route. Even though I did not encounter any No Trespassing signs on my route, I believe that my entry point is on BLM land, which explains the lack of signs. To avoid legal trouble, I suggest that future hikers contact Weyerhaeuser for information.

I hiked up the 4x4 road to where it takes a sharp right turn. This is a short distance south from a saddle between two summits of Long Mountain. To avoid potentially steep terrain on the south side of the mountain, I hiked into the saddle and then left up a fairly gentle ridge to the summit area. The first few hundred feet were a pretty serious bushwhack where the ground was seldom visible through the brush and debris. There were numerous fallen trees of various sizes. Eventually, the forest opened up quite a bit, and then I came out into a clearcut near the summit road. I hiked up the summit road and then into a grove of trees on the right-hand side, thinking that the summit was somewhere in that area. Due to the dense undergrowth, it was again pretty difficult to see the ground or get a sense of where the actual highpoint might be. I did encounter a wooden pole with a white band tied around it, a few feet from where the USGS map indicates that the summit should be. I walked around in that area, and then moved south to the road. A couple of piles of gravel and stumps next to the road are probably the highest points in the area now. I stood on a couple of these for good measure.

On the way down to the saddle, I stayed farther north through the open forest area and into the edge of a clearcut on the east side of the grove. Then I entered the saddle from its north side and had relatively easy bushwhacking from there back to the 4x4 road.

Again, this route may not be legal without a permit. It is fairly easy if one goes far enough north in the saddle before heading west, but I recommend contacting Weyerhaeuser before attempting this summit from any direction.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:425 ft / 129 m
    Total Elevation Loss:425 ft / 129 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:375 ft / 114 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 345 ft / 105 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:4x4 Trail + Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:4x4 Trail & Hershey Rd  1920 ft / 585 m
    Time:0 Hours 38 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:395 ft / 120 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 345 ft / 105 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:4x4 Trail + Bushwhack
    End Trailhead:4x4 Trail & Hershey Rd  1920 ft / 585 m
    Time:0 Hours 31 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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