Ascent of Big Skidder Hill on 2010-04-04

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Sunday, April 4, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Skidder Hill
    Elevation:2126 ft / 648 m

Ascent Trip Report

From 101 turn W on West Uncas Road. Take a quick left onto Wycoff Road. Go straight until you come into the open with a signed farm property straight ahead. Instead, turn R and go up a switchback. Just past where the road switchbacks N find a timber company gate. Present signage indicates no motor vehicles which we took to mean walking was OK. No signs, gates or residential property beyond here. Follow the main road for a couple miles as it traverses without gaining any real elevation. When you are pretty much due N of the peak you'll take the uphill fork here going S and proceed on the mapped road most of the way. Stick with the mapped main road. After passing between the 1960+ and 1920+ bumps the main road hooks E towards an tower as you are in the middle of a clearcut. The lesser but desired mapped road heads sort of S where it looks like it will dead end upon reaching a stand of older timber. But in fact it is just bermed here for a bit and if you walk the bermed road for several hundred feet it will pick back up to be a good road. That was the only sort of tricky spot as we missed where the mapped road and the main road diverged. We, unlike Robert Frost, took the road more travelled and that made all of the off-trail difference. Anyway, follow the mapped road to the top and unlike on the map the road does indeed make one final switchback to the W and goes right up to the tippy top. Generic lame forested logging land. Very suitable for bikes overall. Another peakbagger's logging bump; not otherwise recommended.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1986 ft / 605 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1986 ft / 605 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.8 mi / 15.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1936 ft / 590 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1886 ft / 575 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:More Logging Roads
    Start Trailhead:Logging Gate  240 ft / 73 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1936 ft / 590 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1886 ft / 575 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:More Logging Roads
    End Trailhead:Logging Gate  240 ft / 73 m

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