Ascent of Eight Dollar Mountain on 2010-05-29

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Saturday, May 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eight Dollar Mountain
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

The broad, conical, symmetrical profile of Eight Dollar Mtn is evident as one drives past it on US-199 south of Grants Pass. Much of the land around it is operated by both the USFS and BLM, and most of the signs in the area identify both agencies. A gated but hikeable road reaches its summit towers.

From the small town of Selma, which is about 20 miles S of Grants Pass OR, I headed S on US-199. 3.7 miles from the blinker at the center of town (I'm talking about the one by the post office and gas station; do not confuse this with another one about 0.6 mile S at the turnoff to Lake Selmac), I turned W on paved Eight Dollar Rd. The turnoff is very close to mile post 24. 0.9 mile later, on the S side of the road, is a parking area for the Eight Dollar Boardwalk. On the N side of the road, a narrow and steep paved road starts up the mountain, but it is gated after just 100 yards or so, at the start of the boardwalk itself. There is a bathroom here, but all parking is for the disabled; able-bodied users must park at the gravel pullout on the main road. It's hard to miss this point, but if you do, the pavement ends and it becomes a forest road only about 100 yards later.

I hiked up the road to the boardwalk TH, then continued past the gate where the pavement ended. The road becomes steep, narrow, and rough; 4WD would be recommended if the road were vehicle-accessible, but there are no issues hiking it. It winds its way up the mountain. There are a few junctions, but I didn't see anything as complex as the maze of mining roads that the topo map shows plastered on the SE flank of the mountain. Whenever I encountered a junction, I always stayed on the main road. After a couple of hours I arrived at the summit. The highest natural ground is a boulder pile beyond the second of two corrugated metal shacks.

When I arrived back at the TH, I saw that one window on the back of the cab of my pickup truck had been pried open, and a laptop computer which I had left inside had been taken.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2600 ft / 792 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Trailhead:Eight Dollar BW TH  1400 ft / 426 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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