Ascent of Cowlitz Rocks on 2018-08-07

Climber: Lane Wilson

Date:Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cowlitz Rocks
    Elevation:7450 ft / 2270 m

Ascent Trip Report

Summer scramble to the Cowlitz rocks was mostly straightforward. Left from the 4th crossing trailhead and proceeded up the skyline trail to the paradise glacier trail. This time in the season there was significant meltout along the stevens creek basin and snowbridges were looking fairly fragile. Crossing stevens creek on bare rocks looked more dangerous than the snowbridges due to the water level and swiftness so I chose a solid looking snow segment pretty far upstream. The scramble from the saddle below the cowlits rocks was over very loose plate like bassalt. Pretty steep initially but got much easier further toward the top. Descended down the west scree field back toward the snow instead of retracing my path up the ridge. No wildlife spotted, bugs were minimal. Car to car was 4 hours with lots of time for pictures and a lunch break at the top. ~ 7 miles rt and 2200’ of climbing. Dont forget to stop by a spur trail (6200’) to the left on your way back down the paraside glacier trail for a great view of the stevens creek upper falls. Views were limited by very hazy conditions.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2200 ft / 670 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2200 ft / 670 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:4th crossing to skyline to paradise glacier
    Start Trailhead:4th crossing TH  5250 ft / 1600 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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