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Ascent of Indian Pass Knoll on 2012-06-26

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Indian Pass Knoll
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:1120 ft / 341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Giant old Douglas Fir grow here in a grove of perhaps a dozen widely spaced giants. Two of which are among the largest left on the earth. See Robert Van Pelts Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast book for a great sketch of the largest ones here. The area must have had a fire long ago, but been spared by more recent fires a couple hundred years ago by the small stream separating it from the younger forests on the slope. While below on the bench there is a climax silver fir forest that perhaps has never known fire. Due to the age of these trees a few are dying and eventually this knoll too will be devoid of Douglas Fir unless another fire rolls through. Well worth the trek for the solitude in this special area of "the Bogi."
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