Ascent of Schreiner Peak on 2016-08-23

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Schreiner Peak
    Elevation:5710 ft / 1740 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Directions:

Access Mount Hood National Forest Road 46 from Estacada, Detroit, or US Highway 26.
0.0 From NFR 46 turn south onto FR 63 near Two Rivers CG and zero your odometer.
5.7 Bear Left to stay on FR 63 (sign to ELK LAKE TR NO 559).
6.1 Cross bridge over the Collawash River. Road becomes gravel.
6.7 Bear Right
8.1 Continue Straight
8.9 Bear Right to stay on FR 63 (left is FR 6350)
9.8 Bear Right
12.7 Bear Right onto FR 6380
14.7 Bear Right
15.0 Turn Right and cross bridge
15.1 Turn Right onto FR 130 at T junction (expect brush to scrape your vehicle a bit on FR 130)
16.9 Parking for 2+ cars on the right (I parked here for my climb)
17.0 Bear Left to continue to a wide turnaround
17.1 Wide turnaround (I camped here the previous evening)

Climb Route:

My climb route began from the parking spot noted above (mile 16.9 and see the GPS track). My intent was to generally follow George Burgess's route from 2012-07-04.

Above the parking spot to the immediate west is an old clear cut bounded on the left (south) by a ridge line. I call this ridge line the "East Rib". To access the East Rib I bushwacked through mostly rhododendron to the tree line immediately left of the clear cut. The tree line followed the East Rib upwards for several hundred feet and in this area I sometimes found a faint boot track or possible game trail that helped lead through easier brush as I climbed.

I followed the East Rib upwards to just below a rounded knob at elevation 4240+ feet, which I call the "East Knob".

From here the goal was to climb southwesterly to gain the steep ridge line to the left that leads to the summit. I call this ridge line the "East Ridge". Gaining the East Ridge was the bushwacking challenge of the climb. The rhododendron was particularly thick until I reached the ridge at about 4520 feet.

The upper East Ridge and much of the forest to the north was recently burned. This has greatly reduced the rhododendron on the slopes and the ridge climbing was much less brushy from here to the summit. I scrambled over one rock outcropping as I climbed to about 5000 feet. Here the ridge steepened considerably. On my ascent I bypassed this part of the ridge line by traversing off the ridge to the right, then climbing directly back up to the ridge line at about 5200 feet.

The ridge lays back above 5200 feet, becomes more open, and leads directly to the summit cairn. There were good views west to Bull of the Woods, north to Rainier, and south to North and Middle Sisters and Broken Top. I did not find the summit registry, but perhaps it was buried within the cairn which I neglected to search.

I generally followed my ascent route on my descent. I descended the ridge line directly from 5200 to 5000 feet to see what that section was like and decided it was steep, loose, and rather dangerous. Below 4520 feet the East Ridge left the burn and became quite brushy. I thrashed down off the ridge through rhododendron to near the East Knob and wandered a bit through brush before picking up the East Rib and descending back to my vehicle.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2747 ft / 837 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:FR 130  2963 ft / 903 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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