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Ascent of Grayback Mountain on 2013-07-09

Climber: Mark Smith

Others in Party:Amber Smith
Date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grayback Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:7048 ft / 2148 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is most easily reached from the east. We had little trouble following the road directions to the Upper O'Brien TH. Note that as of our trip (2013) the road was very rough for the last few miles, the main problem being clearance issues. We had a high clearance vehicle, but I'm not sure the family sedan could have made it. The trail was well maintained. We left the main trail as it exited the forest and started a short descent to a small stream. From here you can see the ascent path to just shy of the summit up a steep, open slope. We cut back to the right on a faint path in the forest, but the trail was poor and we went back left to regain the open slope, reaching the summit ridge just south of the summit. The rock on Grayback is mostly granitic, more reminiscent of California than of Oregon. Views are good, but the hike itself offers nothing particularly noteworthy.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble



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