Ascent of Lena Forks Peak on 2020-10-21

Climber: Brian Call

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lena Forks Peak
    Elevation:5321 ft / 1621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed into the woods NE from the North end of Lena Lake immediately after crossing Lena Creek. Bushwhacking was slow because of lots of downed trees and debris, but brush wasn’t too bad. Came upon the first “crux” fairly quickly, at ~2400 feet, in the form of a steep and mossy rock wall. Tried traversing a bit to find easier passage, but eventually just used veggie assist to climb straight up. The bushwhacking became slightly easier above this point. I hit the SSW ridge at ~2900 feet and began following it. The second crux came soon after, a little above 3000 feet, where the ridge climbed steeply into cliffy, moss-covered rock. There was no chance of veggie assist here, so I traversed in grass to the right (SE) side of the ridge to find a ledge that led up to an easier route. From here, the rest of the way to the summit was basically a ridge climb. There are a few small dips between rocky high points, but the route sticks pretty close to the ridge top and loses very little elevation. The middle section of the ridge is mostly steep, open woods, getting rockier toward the top. The last bit to the summit is mercifully straightforward — really just the continuation of the ridge. There may have been a couple of class 3 moves, but aside from the veggie sections I would call it class 1-2. There are nice views of Lena Lake and Jefferson-Pershing-Washington group from the ridge. The summit offers a full frontal view of South Brother and the East Fork Lena Creek valley, as well as the other peaks in the area.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble

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