Ascent of French Point Lookout Site on 2014-12-29

Climber: Nate B

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, December 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:French Point Lookout Site
    Elevation:1400 ft / 426 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Work dumpster peak before early sun set of 1630. Forgot that have to drive through the Oso mud slide area to get to this TH, approximately 3.5 miles after. Christmas trees were decorated at mudslide site. In addition, the access road looked familiar as I soon discovered it is the same (French Creek Road) road you take to get to the Boulder Falls TH, which my family and I hiked earlier in the summer. It was strange heading up the forest road, due to the gate being completely intentionally covered in felled trees and schrubbery, to which i walked around. Then, every several hundred yards or so, the 1 mile road had barriers of boulders and/or trees laid across the road, berms piled high, or huge gaping feet of the road dug up for about 19 blockades in all. Nevertheless, I reached the end of the trail and bushwacked into the brush/trees to hit the actual summit. I wandered around till I hit the high ground, apparently where the old lookout used to be. What an unsatisfying and underwhelming hike this was, and probably one of the last in the cascades area as we transition to Bremerton, and the olympics become the new stomping grounds.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Forest Road
    Start Trailhead:900 ft / 274 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:900 ft / 274 m

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