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Ascent of Dirtyface Peak on 2019-06-02

Climber: George Burgess

Date:Sunday, June 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dirtyface Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6240 ft / 1901 m

Ascent Trip Report

My friend Will and I left from the trailhead a little before 7 am, and reached the shoulder where we left the trail a little after nine. The trail was good and the weather was mild but getting warm. We dropped into Bowl #1, quickly descending a couple hundred feet along a game trail until we reached a small creek, where we first saw snow. We ascended moderate snow slopes through forest, following the creek up the bowl to a saddle, leading into Bowl #2. We descended more steeply, on snow and mild talus, until the bowl flattened out, then climbed to the ridge. Mosquitoes through this entire section were thick and aggressive.

Following the ridge to the base of Dirtyface Benchmark, we eyed a traverse to the left, but opted to go up and over. The up was easy enough, but the over involved some fairly spicy scrambling with exposure, and the line down was very tricky to find. We finally made it over, and scrambled the ridge to the face of Dirtyface Peak. We went straight up and slightly right, through scrambling that was mostly easy, with just a couple challenging/moderately exposed spots.

On the descent, we opted to try the traverse, being daunted by the prospect of reversing our previous track. It turned out to be incredibly mellow, and I strongly recommend it to anyone approaching by this route. The rest was simply retracing our GPS track. We arrived back at the car just before 6 pm.

Overall, a challenging climb, but not overwhelming. The bugs were by far the most frustrating aspect.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6249 ft / 1903 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6249 ft / 1904 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5449 ft / 1660 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4149 ft / 1264 m; Extra: 1300 ft / 396m
    Loss on way in:1300 ft / 396 m
    Distance:6.9 mi / 11.1 km
    Route:Dirtyface Trail/Scramble
    Start Trailhead:Dirtyface Trailhead  2091 ft / 637 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4949 ft / 1508 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4149 ft / 1264 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Gain on way out:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Dirtyface Trail/Scramble
    End Trailhead:Dirtyface Trailhead  2091 ft / 637 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by George Burgess
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