Ascent of Parker Mountain on 2010-09-02

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, September 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Parker Mountain
    Elevation:5206 ft / 1586 m

Ascent Trip Report

The turnoff to Parker Mountain is off OR 66 13 miles west of the Green Springs Inn and theMountain View General Store. A sign "Parker Mountain L.O.-2 miles" points toward Parker Mountain. There are no more signs and a confusing network dirt roads unfolds. My National Geographic TOPO map was helpful but far from perfect, and it was only by trial-and-error that I finally found my way to the locked green gate, 1,7 miles from OR 66. Rather than walk the road to the top, I left it as soon as I could see the L.O. and bushwhacked XC to reach the L.O., which is visible from the gate. It is usually staffed during fire season, but not today. The 50-foot tower was built in 1997 after vandals destroyed the old one in 1996.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:5106 ft / 1556 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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