Ascent of Toe Jam Hill on 2014-02-24

Climber: Craig Willis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, February 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Toe Jam Hill
    Elevation:425 ft / 129 m

Ascent Trip Report

First and foremost, this peak is definitively located on private property and the access road is gated. I looked up and contacted the property owner, and was given permission prior to visiting. I was honest about where I wanted to go and why. The property owners expressed appreciation for me actually asking for permission in advance... but wanted to make certain that this would be a one-time trip for me (and it was). According to one of the local residents whom I spoke with, trespassers have been known to be reported if seen. Any future visitors should contact the property owner prior to visiting, so as not to potentially ruin their trip or ruin the chances for others getting the same opportunity in the future.

The original name for the peak was Torjam Hill (or sometimes Torjam's Hill), such nicknamed for the first resident of that area of Bainbridge Island, but later residents began calling the peak Toe Jam Hill. I also found out from two locals that the summit, which is now forest-covered, was home to an anti-aircraft lookout building during WWII. No remnants remain of that building. Later, the peak and immediate area were used as a watershed area. Currently, many upper areas of the peak are now part of a privately-owned Natural Resources Management Area.

I walked to and by the summit a few times, making certain that there was no "hidden" higher point in the thick forest. For what it is worth (if anything), my GPS altimeter ranged between 431'-437' for the summit during those walks. However, my GPS has a barometric altimeter, so I am curious what other future visitors will get for an elevation reading. Even if the exact elevation is not correct or known, I believe this hill is higher and more prominent than Gazzam Lake Hill, and that USGS maps for this hill are missing several contours. LIDAR really helped confirm this determination. Regardless, I have now been to both Bainbridge Island highpoint contenders.

For a good time on Bainbridge Island, have a Toe Jam or Gazzam.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:405 ft / 123 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:Fort Ward Blakely TH (North End)  20 ft / 6 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds

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