Ascent of Del Monte Ridge 6576 NW on 2020-05-29

Climber: Dave Schultz

Date:Friday, May 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Del Monte Ridge 6576 NW
    Elevation:6576 ft / 2004 m

Ascent Trip Report

Top 1400 ft is gps track, the rest is hand drawn
Point 6576 West of Constance Pass Olympic National Park Friday 05/29/20 Solo

14 mi 2k gain bike ride 12 mi 5k gain hike scramble. 13 + hours 8 ½ up, 4 ½ dwn

First trip to the end of the Dosewallips Road. Bike ride steep, one switched back bypass. Did not explore lower option, suspect washed out. Road and pushed bike. Better to push with rear wheel facing forward. 1 hour 50 min 7.2 mi +1912 -785

Second trip after covid 19 stay at home order on March 23rd. Went to false summit of Florence 14 days ago. Last 5 k trip led Sourdough in NC on Feb 19. Last mnt trip Silver pk on March. Testing condition after 100 days of no super strenuous activity. Felt good.

20 plus cars at the end of the road, way more than I expected. Saw several tents at campsites along the way in. Saw two others on bikes. 1 hiker on road, 4 hikers near ranger station, no one had masks, that is current recommendation. Last people saw until return to bike.

Locked up bike changed out of bike shorts, 9:50 am. Started up trail, 2 mi or so flattish, start climb up the trail to constance pass South facing slope. Well switched back forrest opproach, some Rhody’s in bloom. Changed into Mnt boots, then gaiters for first stream crossing at 2 pm after 5 mi w 3400 ft of gain. 4 hrs with a short lunch stop.

Three tricky stream crossings, trail turned into a creek, trail became difficult to follow, then in untracked snow. GPS and compass work 2hrs up to the summit 1 hr down all in snow. Debated turn around time on the way up, decided on 4 pm at latest. Some confusion on elevation of summit. Had it my head as 5800’ instead of 6576. Running low on energy, finally hit my zone 400 ft or so from the saddle. Hit saddle at 4:01. In your face view of Constance as you come to the saddle. Had not looked behind me before. Views incredible. Even Mount Olympus. So many peaks starting to learn some of them.

Long return home went well, changed back to approach shoes. At 2200’ trail junction. Lots of braking on bike ride, headlamp for last ½ mile.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dave Schultz
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