Ascent to Buckhorn Mountain-Just shy of Pass on 2015-03-15

Climber: Nate B

Date:Sunday, March 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Point Reached:Buckhorn Mountain - Just shy of Pass
    Elevation:5765 ft / 1757 m
    Remaining Elevation:1223 ft / 372 m (27% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Adrian and met up at hood canal bridge at 0500 and were on trail with head lamps by 0600 in rain. Rain turned to snow around 3500 feet elevation and began accumulating heavily thereafter. We continued until trail broke from trees at 5765 feet and every step resulted in post-hole up to our junk. Because we did not want to be obliterated by wetness, and figured the ridge would be for the worse, we turned around and high tailed it out, arriving to the car just before 1100, frozen and Hungary. After eating with heat blasting, we headed down and saw two black tailed deer on the drive down mountain. Rain discouraged us from concession sub peak, and we headed home. Will wait till snow melts on this one....
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3325 ft / 1013 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3325 ft / 1013 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Calm, White-out
Raining low, snowing high
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3325 ft / 1013 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Big quilcena trail #833
    Start Trailhead:2440 ft / 743 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3325 ft / 1013 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    End Trailhead:2440 ft / 743 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes

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