Ascent of Stormy Mountain on 2016-08-28

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bobby Boxer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 28, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Stormy Mountain
    Elevation:7198 ft / 2193 m

Ascent Trip Report

Simple peak. Drive is long but so it goes. All public. There are several ways to approach this peak. I took Potato Creek which is road FS 5380 leaving the Entiat River Road about 4.5 miles N of Ardenvoir. Followed this for quite a while, staying on course past several unmapped forks, to FS 8410. This switchbacks up for a while and then starts to angle back W and then N. Not as many junctions here as the map shows as most are old logging spurs that are long since retired. I'd say this road is high clearance. OK for an Outback, probably wouldn't want less. No road crux but lots of sustained rough road and some water bars etc plus it is a long way in. Eventually 8410 meets a saddle SE of the peak where there is plenty of parking. From there, it is just the trail basically. One map shows this traversing flat then steep uphill. It's more of a consistent uphill and closer to the ridge. Doesn't feel steep and you make good time. I paused for a minute at 6800' as the trail nearly hits the ridge here. A visible old footpath can be seen here going both up the ridge spine and to 6866. Instead, I stuck with the current trail even though it momentarily drops 20 feet. It quickly resumes the ascent and with a switchback hits the ridge at 7000'. From there you could go directly up a corridor on the ridgeline or follow the trail some more. Either way, I did the trail up and the ridge down. The ridge option even seems like it might be an ancient abandoned jeep trail. Anyway, I hiked the trail until it topped out and then went up some very old abandoned trail sections and open sub-alpine terrain to the top. Old foundation for the LO is present. Wide views. This is a high isolation peak. Lots of high isolation peaks in E. WA and the Puget Sound Foothills but you don't see many high isolation peaks in the Cascades with less than 2000 ft of prom. Only Sunrise and Manastash Ridge have more; standard caveats on Iso data apply. Anyway, hiked down the ridge, down the trail and back out. Very easy. Worth doing as a generic hike but too short to be the main event.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1118 ft / 340 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:SE Saddle  6120 ft / 1865 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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