Ascent of Walville Peak on 2016-09-04
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, September 4, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||2417 ft / 736 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI believe that I could have driven all the way to the summit area had I really wanted to, or if I had done a bit more preparation and research. An approach from the south might work, directly from Route 6, or else from Road 8000 (Eight Creek Road). There may be gates blocking progress that I did not see, of course, but the roads in the immediate summit area were all drivable and in good condition.
I used the directions on the SummitPost.com page for Walville Peak--it was written in 2010 and I think a lot of logging has occurred in the area since then. From the hamlet of Doty I took Road 8000 to Road 8400, which took me up to the borrow pit west of the summit. I started driving east, along the south side of the ridge, but the road was going downhill and a check of my map showed that it wound around like crazy to get to the top. So I decided that I could use a little hike anyway so I turned around, went past the borrow pit area a second time (the guys on an ATV parked there must have thought I was lost), and then drove up a short steep side road in a clear cut and then left to a cul-de-sac. This was my trailhead-see GPS track. All roads were easily drivable for most passenger cars.
From the cul-de-sac I picked up the "overgrown road" mentioned on SummitPost (where the borrow pit is the recommended trailhead). It was OK at first but eventually it practically disappeared in some brush. A rough but definite footpath (that, oddly, looks like it actually sees some traffic) led down and up a small ravine in the forest and up to another clear-cut cul-de-sac. From there good roads led easily to the forested summit of Walville. The tower is now gone, but the benchmark and some old lookout timbers still surround it. There were no views from the top, but the lower clear-cuts provided long-ranging vistas.
Near the summit a good road, signed H3500, heads downhill. Looking at the aerial photos when I got home, that road appears to link up with Road 8000 down at Eight Creek. If there are no gates, this would be an efficient way to drive right to the top. The turn-off from Road 8000 is a left turn that immediately goes on a bridge over the creek, a bit before the Road 8300 turn off on the right. A GPS and good maps are very useful for navigating the maze of unsigned roads in the area.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||837 ft / 254 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||837 ft / 254 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.7 mi / 6 km|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||587 ft / 178 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 337 ft / 103 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m|
| Loss on way in:||250 ft / 76 m|
| Distance:||1.8 mi / 2.9 km|
| Start Trailhead:||2080 ft / 633 m|
| Loss on way out:||587 ft / 178 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 337 ft / 103 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m|
| Gain on way out:||250 ft / 76 m|
| Distance:||1.9 mi / 3.1 km|
| End Trailhead:||2080 ft / 633 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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