Ascent of Mount Lawson on 2019-06-19
|Others in Party:||Kathrin Dragich|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, June 19, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5401 ft / 1646 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDIRECTIONS
Google to North Fork Quinault Ranger Station.
This climb should be done EARLY season (?late April?, before snow starts to melt) or LATE season (Sep, after all the snow has melted). We did not attempt the summit route because the river was the crux. The old log from 2009 and 2014 trip reports is gone (record rain in 2016; http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7975222) and the river is a steep rager, even during this low snow year (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv?station=12039500). Had I not been so focused on the log we could have made an attempt - the flats at the North Fork/Geoduck junction were calm and shallow enough for a knee-high ford. Mon night I scrambled a half mile of river looking for crossing and nothing was reasonable. Tue morning I went to scout the junction for future beta and found it to be fordable but the other climbers' schedule issues forced us out.
MON 20 JUN
Easy but long 11 mile hike in to base camp. Only confusion was at Elip Creek campgrounds - follow sign and flags to hook back and climb steeply to trail junction in order to continue along trail. Multiple streams, creek, and drainages to cross along trail but none required more than a bit of careful boulder or log hopping. Settled in some flatish spots above the river at the lowest point of the trail - would be best for future attempts to continue to drainage at mile 11. The area is bouldery but flat. Abandoned summit after I explored length of river for log - again, wish I had gone upstream to the junction...
TUE 21 JUN
Slept in and hiked out without incident. Gorgeous old growth area!
1/1 ACCESS (roads, restrictions) - ranger station not staffed when we were there
1/1 REMOTENESS (popularity, sight/Sound) - saw several couples plus a trail maintenance crew, but no one after Elip Creek
1/1 CONDITION (trail/route) - good trail and had maintenance crew out! Lots of horseshit early on.
1/2 VARIETY (flora/fauna, geology, terrain) - interesting variety even just in the river valley
1/2 VIEWS (frequency, quality) - very few unless on summit attempt
1/1 AWE (does it inspire) - old growth forest alone is awesome
1/2 DANIEL FACTOR (would I enjoy climbing this again: 0=No, 1=Meh, 2=Yes) - didn't summit but super pleasant hike otherwise
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1300 ft / 396 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||22 mi / 35.4 km|
| Route:||North Fork Quinault|
| Trailhead:||North Fork Quinault 4101 ft / 1249 m|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Time:||4 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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