Ascent of Snyder Hill on 2008-08-16

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Saturday, August 16, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snyder Hill
    Elevation:5440 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

At mile post 3.1 on WA-31 (mile posts are conveniently numbered northbound from the junction with WA-20), I turned E on Sullivan Lake Rd, which is paved. Zero or note you odometer at this point. At mile 0.5, just after the road crosses the Pend Oreille River, is a 3-way fork where the main road turns about 45° left. (The side roads go 45° right and 90° left.) At 1.6 miles, I turned L on an unsigned gravel forest road. If you pass a turnoff to the Ione Transfer Station followed by some open fields and farmhouses, you've gone too far. The road winds its way up the SW ridge of Snyder Hill. At 4.4 miles, I encountered an open gate with a sign indicating disabled hunter access. Fine print indicated that a permit is required to drive a motor vehicle in the area. A phone number 509-446-7500 is provided for more information. I continued. At 9.1 miles, the road gains the crest of the ridge on the S side of section 27. At 10.7 miles I turned R at the junction on the E side of section 22. At 11.7 miles I passed the saddle about ½ mile W of the summit of Snyder Hill. At 11.9 miles the road topped out and just a few hundred feet later ended at a turnaround. I parked here.

I hiked the remaining 300' gain to the summit. Much of the area is brushy but the summit consists of open rock slabs. The highest boulder is S of four concrete stubs with eyelet bolts, which is all that is left of a former lookout tower. E of the summit is wooded, and I ventured into the woods a few minutes to make sure there was no higher ground hidden under the trees. I descended back to my truck using the W ridge of Snyder Hill, which is more open than the somewhat brush- and deadfall-choked N face.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:340 ft / 103 m
    Total Elevation Loss:340 ft / 103 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:340 ft / 103 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:N face
    Start Trailhead:5100 ft / 1554 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:340 ft / 103 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:W ridge
    End Trailhead:5100 ft / 1554 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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