Ascent of Dirtyface Peak on 2011-06-19

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Edward Earl
Date:Sunday, June 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dirtyface Peak
    Elevation:6240 ft / 1901 m

Ascent Trip Report

Please see the GPS track for this ascent. The old logging road we used is not shown on the old topo maps, but does show on Acme Mapper, albeit with a gap that doesn't exist -- the road goes all the way. It is, however, quite overgrown in places, and is hard to spot due to heavy overgrowth at the junction where it leaves the main road. It would be well to take note of this waypoint which is at that junction: 47.8807N 120.79175W. This is a left turn and the road doubles back for a short distance before heading away from the peak, then switchbacks a few times, then continues across the face in a WNW direction roughly 600 feet above the lower tier. After leaving the road we stayed just inside the old growth for the least brush, so encountered very little of it, making for a pleasant forest ascent. We had snow from below 5000 all the way to the summit with exceptions in exposed areas and on south side of the summit ridge.

My GPS showed a very steady 6260 feet on the summit. We never saw the summit of 6223-foot Dirtyface BM due to fog, but we were convinced that the 6240 contour that existed on the old topo maps is correct, and that the newer maps which don't show that contour are wrong.

All in all a fun day. We only wished the clouds were dissipating a few miles west of where they did so we could have enjoyed better views.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3640 ft / 1109 m
    Trailhead:Meadow Creek Road gate  2600 ft / 792 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Rain shadow conditions, clouds dissipating just east of our location.
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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