Ascent of Blue Lake Ridge on 2014-08-03

Climber: Bob Bolton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Blue Lake Ridge
    Elevation:5738 ft / 1748 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove to the end of road 7812 hoping for a somewhat painless way to access the summit ridge. The road walk to the end from where I had to park was fine. At the end of the road I looked around for signs of an old boot track up through the brush, but didn't find one until I started up the slope. Even then it was faint and often deeply buried in brush. After not too long the brush became easier and by the time I reached the saddle it was actually not bad at all. There was thick brush and small trees between the saddle and the old growth, but once through that the going the rest of the way was mostly not bad, with the usual blowdowns and brushy areas to contend with. The first gendarme was a bit of a challenge with a very steep drop from the top down to the saddle below. I was glad I chose my mountaineering boots as they provided some traction here. There were places along the ridge where one can step out of the trees and brush and look down the cliffs on the east side. Unfortunately the big fires to the east were sending their smoke westwardly, so Rainier and Adams were barely visible, although Blue Lake was easy to see. The bugs were swarming on the summit so I didn't stay long. With clear air the views of Adams would have been spectacular from the summit and from road 7812.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1113 ft / 339 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Northwest Ridge
    Trailhead:N46.38169° W121.70678°  4625 ft / 1409 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Some thunderstorms around, hazy air due to fires to the NE
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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