Ascent of Anderson Mountain on 2008-11-22
|Others in Party:||Edward Earl|
|Date:||Saturday, November 22, 2008|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3364 ft / 1025 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe gate near Parsons Creek Road was open, and you can drive a passenger car to the 4-way junction about 1/2 mile south of the summit. From there, hike over berms and go north on a narrow, more overgrown road. Avoid the sketchy first left fork you reach, and near the summit take the uphill fork that goes right and starts to curve around. At the switchback, just before a big puddle/flat spot, go into the brush. Look for a Gatorade bottle placed upside down on a branch of a fallen log--this is a key marker. It's about 10-20 feet from the road, in some brush, on the back side of the big fallen tree. From there, a narrow but perfectly good path leads uphill through what would otherwise be bad brush. The real key is that the path soon leads to a giant knotted manila rope that is very useful when hauling yourself uphill. There are two of these ropes, and since the slope was steep and slippery due to snow, the ropes helped a lot. At the top of the second rope you are pretty much right on the S Summit of Anderson.
To get to the north summit, bushwhack a short way down into a pronounced trench and then up the other side--lots of closely spaced trees, but staying to the west helps, close to the ridgeline. The summits are pretty close. We could clearly see there was nothing higher further north when we were on the N summit.
We saw several hunters along the road and we guessed the gate is open during the fall for their benefit.
This peak was my first ever intentional Earlization--we actually parked near 2200' on a perfectly good road and rode mountain bikes up to the 4-way junction south of the peak. At first the weather was OK, but while we were on top it started snowing pretty nicely.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1164 ft / 354 m|
| Route:||A1000 Road|
| Trailhead:||A1000 Road 2200 ft / 670 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Bicycle, Rope|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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