Ascent of Buck Peak on 2009-10-02

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Matthew Snyder
Kelby Snyder
Date:Friday, October 2, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buck Peak
    Elevation:4751 ft / 1448 m

Ascent Trip Report

A warm-up hike for a trip to the Wallowas with friends. It was a very drizzly day and was pretty well socked in the entire trek. The trail is kind of steep at the beginning, but mainly just long compared to the elevation gain. There are a couple places with exposed rock that make for some fun class 2 or 3 scrambles right next to the trail. The sign on the PCT for the summit of Buck Peak had been taken (broken?) off, but there was still a post at the junction to the very narrow climbers' trail. A portion of the PCT used to get to the peak goes through the protected Bull Run Watershed (Where Portland gets its water) and there are stern warnings not to go off the trail in that area.
On the way back down there was a brief brake in the clouds and an astonishing view of Mt. Hood. It was so brief (10 seconds?) that it almost seemed like our imaginations.
There is a fee to park at the Lost Lake campground ($5 or $7 I think), and you can cut off about 2 miles of the RT (listed as 16mi) if you park in the southernmost lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2006 ft / 610 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1906 ft / 580 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1606 ft / 490 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Huckleberry to PCT to climbers' path
    Start Trailhead:South end of Lost Lake  3145 ft / 958 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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