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Ascent of Pacific County High Point on 2018-11-03

Climber: Michael Quint

Date:Saturday, November 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Pacific County High Point
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2500 ft / 762 m

Ascent Trip Report

Will add more to this report as I compile the information.

1st - The property assumption that this high point is on Rayonier Hunting grounds still holds true. A $75 non-hunting permit is required to access it and the permits lasts for the current year (so if you get the permit in 2018, it is only good for 2018). This permit is for personal access and vehicle access. There are some other things you may need to look into - we saw a requirement for a CBS radio for instance after the fact...

Here is the site for the permits: https://property.rayonierhunting.com/Permits/PermitsHome.aspx

2nd - Gated access. Just because you have a permit doesn't necessarily mean you have the key to get through the gate. My climbing buddy is currently looking into this detail and I will add his results to this report when I hear more. We were able to get past the Fossil Creek Road access gate to the south, but had to be let in and out by the folks who were logging. They had to get a key somewhere...make sure to call Rayonier before buying the permit - $75 is a lot to throw around for a one time attempt on a High Point without getting access.

3rd - This is a navigational challenge more than a hiking challenge. We used a combination of GPS, in car navigation, and a map of the property to get to the locations that we did. The property map was crucial for finding our way around (especially when the GPS steered us wrong). Make sure you print out these maps (also on the web site).

4th - We attempted the southern approach (Fossil Creek Road) from two different sides. The property itself is gated from the outside and there are multiple gates within it (although they were open in most cases). We drove around for a couple hours trying to penetrate to the "trail head". In the end, the west side had a berm on the road and the road itself was driveable but generally unkempt - rock fall hazard was evident and I wouldn't do it anything less than an SUV. The east side had a gate block us about 3 miles from the high point - the roads are single lane forest roads, so parking would have blocked others from accessing these gates (we probably could have went for it in hindsight).

There were a lot of people in the vicinity of the high point (thankfully) but I think a phone call could have saved us some of the access problems that we came across on this trip.

If anyone else in the last 3 years has completed this highpoint, please add a detailed Trip Report. The more recon we have, the better chances we all have to achieve this. Thanks!
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