Ascent of Mount Wow on 2016-04-17

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Sunday, April 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Wow
    Elevation:6040 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wow! What a beautiful day in the park and spectacular views from the summit of Mount Wow!

First of all, there isn't really a trail to the top of Mount Wow. There are several possible scrambling routes; we chose to approach from the South West, starting at Goat Creek. The road is in terrible condition, and a landslide marks the 'end' of the road-- we stopped a quarter mile or so before the landslide. We continued following the road on foot until we crossed Goat Creek, at which point we followed the creek upstream for a bit before turning to follow a steep ridge through the brush, forest, and finally snow/rock near the top.

We didn't cover a lot of mileage on this trip (my GPS tracker says about 4 miles total), but it was still a pretty tough day. Once we left the road we were off-trail all the way to the summit and back, and it's a STEEP couple of miles to the top! We crossed a swampy braided creek bed, postholed in soft snow, fought through lots of Devils Club and other woody brush, ascended through steep forest strewn with fallen trees, and finally climbed (with ice ax, helmet, and microspikes) steep snow and rock for the final push to the summit. It took us about 4.75 hours to reach the top, making several stops for navigation and rest breaks. The return trip took about 2.5 hours; a lot fewer breaks but we had to collect our route flagging on the way back.

We couldn't have asked for better weather, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves (we did pass two hikers on our way down from the summit). Excellent day!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rusty Sherman
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