Ascent of Sloan Peak on 2021-06-19

Climber: Jacob Whitbeck

Date:Saturday, June 19, 2021
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Sloan Peak
    Elevation:650 ft / 198 m

Ascent Trip Report

Attempted Sloan from cougar creek side. As you will see from the .gpx track we did not make it very far. First portion of the trail is okay but quickly turns non existent with continual bushwhacking with some portions of the trail going through a marsh. While there were many factors that went into the decision to turnaround one factor every group will encounter are the stream crossings. As it stands the streams are flowing very quickly and are deep. There were no shallow sections - everything at least waist deep which was not even a consideration considering the flow. The first major stream crossing is doable, although it took us a while to scout a proper route. There's a large bundle of trees with many branches that we made our way through, this route has less risk of falling but is quite slow and annoying with the constant limbo under and over branches. We discussed turning around since this took us so long but decided to continue. We came to the next stream (which is the first one actually marked on gaia). We scouted quite a ways up the stream but never found an area that looked good. The normal crossing area had way too much water and no logs looked stable enough to risk it. We decided to call it here as the risk wasn't worth it. After the decision was made I spotted an area that looked like the only shallow portion, maybe half way up your calf. From the east side of the stream bank it looked like this section stayed shallow up until a ~1 foot gap with the other bank. If you decide to go - at this time that area may be the only option (if it even goes). I found it on the very northern edge of the log jam you will come across but with water conditions this may change quickly. I would wait until water levels go down before attempting this route - possibly consider the bedal creek route instead.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jacob Whitbeck
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