Ascent of Paperboy on 2022-04-17

Climber: Reed Russell

Others in Party:Christian Rudnick
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 17, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:5013 ft / 1527 m

Ascent Trip Report

Snow cover on ground from the trail split after the creek, but had thawed quite a ways up the trail in the afternoon. I counted 4 drainage crossings after the split from the switchback up the Ark, the first being the most significant. Here, you can either move right and find the old rope you can use to downclimb to the water, or you can walk the log, which we chose to do on the way back, as going up the angle of the log was safer than walking down it. The remaining crossings don't pose too much complication. There were faint tracks moving up from the logging road at the final split. We followed them up, handrailing the drainage on our left for a bit before breaking away from it as we exited the tree line. This was the steepest section, and was annoying on the way back with soft snow conditions, lots of sliding. Here, Paperboy will come into view, along with some of the other MF peaks, Garfield, Quartz, Bessemer, Moolock. Skirt the bowl south of Paperboy, briefly enter back into the trees before breaking out again and ascending up to make the ridge. Fairly corniced. Once you top the ridge, fantastic views over Calligan Lake, Seattle, and the Olympic Range. The final few hundred feet were very nice on somewhat stable snow. Finally some great summit views after having been stuck in whiteout on Moolock, Preacher, Bandera true, and the Ark.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3908 ft / 1191 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3908 ft / 1191 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3908 ft / 1191 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.4 km
    Route:Quartz Creek to SW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Snoqualmie Lake  1105 ft / 336 m
    Time:5 Hours 41 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3908 ft / 1191 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.4 km
    Route:Quartz Creek
    End Trailhead:Snoqualmie Lake  1105 ft / 336 m
    Time:3 Hours 53 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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