Ascent of Maury Island High Point on 2017-01-02
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, January 2, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Bicycle|
|Peak:||Maury Island High Point|
| Elevation:||492 ft / 149 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI rode by bicycle from the Vashon Ferry at the north end of the island all the way to nice King County Park on Maury Island. It was a cold and hilly ride, one must go all the way up to the Vashon town center, then down to the Vashon-Maury portage, and then steeply up to the Raeco/Lavender Benchmark area. There is a nice bench here and a great overlook to Puget Sound almost 500 feet below.
A short distance west from the overlook is a gated dirt road, where I locked my bike up and did the short hike southwest to the high point area. There is a somewhat distinct rise at the upper edge of a field, and the various high point contenders are unfortunately in brushy and thorny little thickets. The King County GIS map shows two 495-foot contours but their map locations don't quite match the ground. I bushwhacked briefly and tracked out the area until I was satisfied.
North of the high point area is a prominent hill that is probably a slag heap from the former gravel mine. I thought I would try to climb that, too, but it was guarded by a very impressive hedge of blackberry bushes so I bailed on that idea.
After the high point, I decided to get some more exercise by hiking down 400+ feet to the shoreline below. There is a trail network that allows one to switchback downhill--no signs, but by always taking the downhill fork I was soon at a beach area. Since this site was a quarry before preservation as a park, it is hardly pristine, but it is a good walk and nature is reclaiming the area.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||492 ft / 149 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||492 ft / 149 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Bushwhack, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Bicycle|
| Weather:||Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||32 ft / 9 m|
| Distance:||0.3 mi / 0.5 km|
| Start Trailhead:||SE 248th St 460 ft / 140 m|
| Loss on way out:||492 ft / 149 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 32 ft / 9 m; Extra: 460 ft / 140m|
| Gain on way out:||460 ft / 140 m|
| Distance:||1.7 mi / 2.7 km|
| End Trailhead:||460 ft / 140 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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