Ascent of Maury Island High Point on 2017-01-02

Climber: Greg Slayden

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 Report

I 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:
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:32 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Start Trailhead:SE 248th St  460 ft / 140 m
Descent Statistics
    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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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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