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Ascent of Little Beacon Rock on 2011-06-06

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:David Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Beacon Rock
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:720 ft / 219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Although Beacon Rock is an impressive columnar basalt monolith on the edge of the Columbia River - it is hard to fully enjoy the views with all the manmade bridges, fencing, railing, and other facilities to make it easily accessable. IF the trails were not paved I would have to rate this as an impressive short hike-scramble with a 7 but as a simple paved class 1 and crowded with tourists it takes a lot out of the experience. Thus on our way back to our campsite we decided to bushwhack the Little Beacon Rock feature that is much less impressive and shorter.

David and i were unaware that there was a trail up the backside so we climbed and steep talus (class 2) and then began scrambling (class 3) some pinacles east of the true HP. David lead us up to one move that was pretty exposed and was probably a class 4. After working out way around that move it was all class 3 to the peaks, but then we found the the class 2 trail up the true HP and enjoyed the views of the valley and of the nearby Beacon Rock. I enjoyed this hike from this approach more than Beacon Rock since we were able to bushwhack and scramble for the views. We stumbled into the park trail on the backside and took the easy class 1 trail down to the camping area and walked back to our car and then headed to camp.

I wanted more excercise and training and needed to make a call to Karen and had no cell range at our campsite so headed back up Beacon Rock where i was able to get cell range (see report).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:345 ft / 105 m
    Total Elevation Loss:345 ft / 104 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,3,4
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
61 F and low cast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:335 ft / 102 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 320 ft / 98 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Bushwhack to talus to scramble
    Start Trailhead:Hamilton Mtn Parking Lot  400 ft / 121 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:330 ft / 100 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 320 ft / 98 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:trail spur to campground road to Parking
    End Trailhead:same  400 ft / 121 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Beacon Rock SP

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Beacon Rock2011-06-06 a635 ft / 194 m
2Little Beacon Rock2011-06-06 b345 ft / 105 m
3Beacon Rock2011-06-06 c630 ft / 192 m
Total Trip Gain: 1610 ft / 491 m    Total Trip Loss: 1610 ft / 491 m



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