Ascent of Willow Creek Mountain on 2019-10-12

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Willow Creek Mountain
    Elevation:7829 ft / 2386 m

Ascent Trip Report

Public national forest. I approached from the S and then went up the mapped roads to the jump off point. I'd call it perhaps high clearance but it's not bad. Road getting brushy a little. The hike starts out well with open forest and then transitions to more of a pronounced ridge with a few outcrops and minor low brush. I went N around an unmapped bump at the edge of the 7800' contour. Continuing on, you can generally stay more or less on the ridge. The interesting question is the highpoint. Going W, I passed outcrops, then the P-9 cairn pile, then a non-descript ground crest, then some conglomerate boulders, and then some more significant rock outcrops, and finally the BM spot. It's clear the BM spot is not highest even though the register is located there for some unknown reason. Clearly the significant rocks maybe 75 feet E are higher. I scrambled up there, call it class 2.5 and the rocks are easy but avoiding the brush was a bit tricky. Circling around counter-clockwise and then under the rocks on the S worked fairly well. I do think either the non-descript flat point or the nearby cairn with the P-9 metal stake is a legit contender. Find these in the center of the contour. If you come in from the E it should be fine to touch everything but anyone coming up from the S would need to traverse E from the BM to have a valid claim to the HP. But I mean, high pointing is very much not an exact science.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:669 ft / 203 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Willow Creek Mtn Road  7320 ft / 2231 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2.5
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Noel
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