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Ascent of Laurel Hill on 2015-03-29

Climber: Mark Smith

Others in Party:Austin D. Smith
Date:Sunday, March 29, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Laurel Hill
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked in the long turnout above the peak on Hwy 26, but a better approach is from a lower turnout adjacent to the peak, just down from the Laurel Hill historical sign and parking area which is found on the other (south) side of the highway. Note that the Hwy 26 widening project may affect the lower turnout. From the turnout is a trail that leads north-east to a better trail that parallels the highway. The better trail slowly gains elevation (westbound) as it skirts the hill. At the crest of the trail is a wood fence that cordons off what appears to be an abandoned mine. From this point head straight up through the forest. Undergrowth is light and travel is easy. At the ridge, turn west for a short distance to the summit. There are two summit outcrops about 75 feet apart. We tagged both of them as we could not tell which was higher. Views are very limited.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:320 ft / 97 m
    Total Elevation Loss:320 ft / 97 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:280 ft / 85 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 240 ft / 74 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Start Trailhead:Hwy 26  3120 ft / 950 m
    Time:16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:280 ft / 85 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 240 ft / 74 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    End Trailhead:3120 ft / 950 m



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