Ascent of High Rock on 2013-07-26
|Others in Party:||Pete Ellis|
|Date:||Friday, July 26, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5685 ft / 1732 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA travel day pre Rainier P2k with a nice view of its big neighbour.
Having limited mapping, we called at the visitor centre in Ashford and picked up a map. Then travelled east on 706 to N46.75727 W121.98173 where we turned R (S) on the 52 then at N46.73440 W121.91372 R on an unsigned gravel road (nominally 84; a short way along it is a sign indicating High Rock Lookout 9). Rather potholed but no problem for regular 2wd. Keep L at N46.72267 W121.91009 and fork R at N46.67437 W121.86789 on FR8440. The trailhead is at N46.66657 W121.89159 where the road crosses a ridge. Towhead Gap, 1314m.
2 trails lead north, we took the right one; the other might join it. YDS 1 all the way. Some nice viewpoints along the way, giving an appreciation of the impreessive cliffs. Old wooden fire lookout with the highest outcrop just behind it, perched above a dizzying drop. Appears to be the rim of a former crater, geologically aware Pete notices. It occurs to me that Adams looks more like Rainier than Rainier does from here. Mount St Helens and distant hazy Hood also noted.
About an hour up, 30 mins down, going pretty steadily. 1.6 miles each way.
Then back to Ashford for a meal, before heading to Paradise trailhead ready for our Rainier ascent.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1374 ft / 418 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||South ridge|
| Trailhead:||4311 ft / 1313 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Time:||1 Hours |
| Time:||30 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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