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Ascent of Sturgeon Rock on 2010-06-12

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:None
Date:Saturday, June 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sturgeon Rock
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4120 ft / 1255 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was an add-on hike after ascending nearby Silver Star Mtn. I ascended from the south (the north and east faces are cliffs composed of vertical basalt columns) along what began as a faint climbers' trail. The trail eventually disappeared, and I scrambled up a rocky incline until gaining the crest of the rock at the western edge.
I ascended to the summit (near the east end) along the crest to be sure to cross the county line at the HP of Clark County. I descended via a noticeable trail just to the south of the western end of the rock.

Note: Be careful along the top of this rock, as a stumble near the cliff faces could be fatal.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:610 ft / 185 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1555 ft / 473 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:260 ft / 79 m
    Loss on way in:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Faint trail, then open scramble
    Start Trailhead:Jct w/ Silver Star Trail  4120 ft / 1255 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1295 ft / 394 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 945 ft / 288 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Gain on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Silver Star Trail 180
    End Trailhead:Silver Star TH  3175 ft / 967 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Silver Star (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Silver Star Mountain2010-06-12 a1265 ft / 386 m
2Sturgeon Rock-West Ridge2010-06-12 b 
3Sturgeon Rock2010-06-12 c610 ft / 186 m
Total Trip Gain: 1875 ft / 572 m    Total Trip Loss: 1875 ft / 572 m



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