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Ascent of Sturgeon Rock on 2019-10-09

Climber: Jake Robinson

Date:Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sturgeon Rock
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4120 ft / 1255 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to do this one via the Grouse Vista Trail over the north side route for two reasons - the road is in great shape all the way to the trailhead, and it's better exercise (more elevation gain). In hindsight I wouldn't recommend this if you have a vehicle capable of getting to the north side trailhead. The trail (an old road) is very rocky, and mostly in the woods. A few miles in I came across a fresh cougar kill, a spinal column picked almost clean. Creeped me out a bit and needless to say, I hiked without headphones for the rest of the trip.

Scott Rice's GPS track helped me navigate to Sturgeon Rock. Getting on to the rock required a little bit of class 2/3 scrambling, a bit more heads-up than I expected since it was wet from the melting dusting of snow. Sturgeon Rock is pretty neat, with great views of the Vancouver area and over to Silver Star. I walked up and down the west ridge until I was satisfied I hit the CoHP (the location marked on peakbagger app seems to be correct), hit the highpoint of Sturgeon Rock, then headed over to Silver Star.

Silver Star has surprisingly good views of St. Helens, Adams, Rainier, Hood, and the Vancouver/Portland metro area. Highly recommended on a clear day. The whole trip for Sturgeon Rock and Silver Star was 8 miles and 2300' gain from the Grouse Vista TH.
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