Ascent of Peak 2643 on 2013-03-31

Climber: Ken Russell

Others in Party:Bob Bolton
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 2643
    Elevation:2643 ft / 805 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had assumed that since this one was on private timber land, it would be a long hike or bike from a locked gate. It turns out that the land just to the west and south is State land and the logging roads are not gated. Following the route detailed below, we were able to shorten the hike down to 700+ feet and about 1.2 miles. A short stretch of that is up a clearcut but the elk have helped a little with beating down a path. Since no one has chosen to name this worthy summit, Bob and I decided we would call it Bobken Mountain. Views of Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, and Hood from the top, as well as Boistfort, and the Pacific and Wahkiakum CoHPs. The mouth of the Columbia visible to the west.

To get to the parking spot, start at the intersection of SR 4 and Abernathy Creek Road (watch for Abernathy Research Facility sign).
5.7 miles, Abernathy Creek Rd closed, follow bypass road to left.
6.4 miles, Stay to the right and downhill.
6.9 miles, Wisconsin Truck Trail, continue straight.
8.1 miles, Turn right just after a bridge. Turn left after a 100 yds. Most of this road is not shown on the topo but is on the aerials. Avoid sidespurs as the road climbs the S ridge of the peak.
11.0 miles, Clearcut on the right is the beginning of the route. Wide parking area on the left.

Follow the edge of the clearcut up to a landing on a Sierra Pacific road. Follow road staying to the left to the summit. Because there has been a lot of bulldozer activity on the 2643 summit, Bob and I visited the 2630 summit to the south.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1063 ft / 323 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1063 ft / 323 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:903 ft / 275 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 743 ft / 226 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Loss on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Start Trailhead:South Ridge  1900 ft / 579 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:903 ft / 275 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 743 ft / 226 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:South summit contour
    End Trailhead:South Ridge  1900 ft / 579 m

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