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Ascent of Centralia Mountain on 2017-05-21

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Centralia Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9795 ft / 2985 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did not learn until later that the summit is within the state park but the southern approach appears to require private lands. Golden Gate Canyon Road is not private and I parked along the R/W and hiked up a muddy sloggy mess called Wood Rock Road. I saw nobody on the road but fresh tires marks were in the mud and snow. Wood Rock Road is signed like a public street but does not show up on google maps. It shows up on the USGS map and aerial. Confusing. I hiked up and through many gates but none were closed or locked or signed no trespassing. Finally up near the saddle where the road started to get steeper there were no trespassing signs to the left so I stayed hiking down the center of the apparent public access. The road on the aerial I planned to take was buried in snow so I missed it and I dead ended into a private gate called the Duncan Property. I did not want to trespass. up slope there were some no trespassing signs.

I started to abandon the summit not wanting to trespass when I saw a little cleared easement that was on the left side of the fenced and signed property. Looking like some sort of easement with no signs I headed up and intersected a cleared road but it was in 6 inches of snow. I only saw no trespassing signage downslope now so I continued. I never crossed a fence or gate to this point and was hoping I would not run into an obvious private property issue. Interesting the snow was getting thicker and I saw no signs of animal, human, or vehicle traffic so that kept me going feeling like I was not going to run into any issues. At some point my road ended in a partial gate that would block a vehicle but no fence on either side so I was able to step around and then I saw some sort of grading machine but it was empty and no-one was road clearing this winter or with the snow.

Ankle deep post holing now became 12 inches deep and I wish I had snow shoes - well I did in the car but I got there 2 hours late thanks to good old United Airlines so I rushed the attempt without packing properly. Last weeks late season snow dumped a lot of fresh powder above 9000 feet.
Wide, relatively flat logging or development clearing roads go nearly to the summit. Talus and trees above the road.

Once I got down and went to the state park I finally got a good map and the peak is clearly on park land but the only way to get this peak properly is a bushwhack from the north through state park hunting grounds! But the rangers told me that no hunting between memorial day and labor day so that is the time to grab this peak and from the north parking lot. Now that I understand better the route I did, I must have surely trespassed to get to public land even though the route I stumbled on was not clearly signed, marked, or gated. I would not try this way again. I will rehike this from the north State Park side next time. $7 fee to park in the state park.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1440 ft / 438 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1440 ft / 438 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,2+, minor 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
49F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1440 ft / 438 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:Golden Gate Canyon Road  8355 ft / 2546 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1440 ft / 438 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    End Trailhead:8355 ft / 2546 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-6

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Hyland Hill2017-05-09 a70 ft / 21 m
2West Morgan Hill2017-05-09 b160 ft / 49 m
3Castle Rock2017-05-09 c669 ft / 204 m
5Green Mountain2017-05-10 e835 ft / 255 m
6Mount Bailey2017-05-10 g599 ft / 183 m
7Crow Hill2017-05-10 h230 ft / 70 m
8(Attempt) Royal Arch2017-05-12 i1655 ft / 504 m
9(Attempt) Two Move Rock2017-05-12 j100 ft / 30 m
10Centralia Mountain2017-05-21 a1440 ft / 439 m
11Mount Galbraith2017-05-21 b1090 ft / 332 m
12Mount Galbraith-East Peak2017-05-21 c240 ft / 73 m
Total Trip Gain: 7088 ft / 2160 m    Total Trip Loss: 3550 ft / 1082 m



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