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Ascent of Squaw Mountain on 2019-08-24

Climber: Mark Smith

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 24, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Squaw Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:4770 ft / 1453 m

Ascent Trip Report

Squaw Mountain appears by the name Tumala Mountain on some maps. Oregon seems to have an affinity for "Squaw." The state has four Squaw Mountains, more than any other state, and eight Squaw Buttes, more than the other 49 states combined! This particular Squaw can be approached by trail from the northwest (FS 4614) or east (Twin Spring Campground) or driven to the top on FS 180 from the south.

Given the poor state of FS 4610 and the excellent condition of SE Tumala Mountain Road/FS 4614, the most appealing approach is via the Old Baldy Trail #502 (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=52984) from a signed trailhead southeast of Githens Mountain. Githens Mountain is easily reached using the same trailhead. Look for the trailhead at a large turnout on the NE side of the road, a 35 minute drive from Estacada.

To approach from the south (FS 180) or east (Twin Spring Campground), take the Clackamas Highway to FS 4610 which starts out as pavement but turns to dirt with numerous potholes. Higher up, a stream is taking over nearly a mile of roadbed, making 4WD advised. Total travel time from Estacada to FS 180 is about 55-60 minutes. The USGS topo shows a gate on FS 180 (130 Spur on some maps), but that gate no longer exists, perhaps to accommodate the radio facility near the summit. Squaw Mountain is a drive-up summit with the right vehicle, but I decided to hike FS 180 out of fear that the obviously 4WD drive road would get worse higher up. In fact, the road improves until near the top. The summit gives a great view of Mt. Hood.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:730 ft / 222 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Route:FS 180
    Trailhead:4610/180 Jct.  4200 ft / 1280 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:32 Minutes



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