Ascent of Schreiner Peak on 2017-09-16

Climber: Mark Smith

Others in Party:Austin D. Smith
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Schreiner Peak
    Elevation:5710 ft / 1740 m

Ascent Trip Report

Schreiner Peak holds the distinction of being the only Clackamas County P2K that doesn't share its summit with another county. Perhaps this is the only reason to climb it.

Schreiner has four viable trailheads. The peak can be accessed via the Elk Lake Creek Trail #559 (, the Bull Of The Woods Trail #550, and the Pansy Creek Trail #551. Finally, it can be taken on by a direct bushwhack from the east. Given our tight time frame, the direct approach was our only option. But having done this approach, I don't think the savings in miles was worth the pain described below. Also, other approaches allow for bagging multiple summits. The Bull Of The Woods Trail may be best as it has a higher elevation TH and a shorter approach drive.

Our approach drive took 1hr 25min from Estacada following good and mostly paved roads until the last two miles which is significantly encroached by brush along with some potential clearance issues that didn't affect our 4WD SUV. Avoid the last two miles of this approach if you cherish your paint job. Also, the split of NF-46 and NF-63 was not signed, but can be identified by a triangular island where the two roads join.

The hike begins with difficult bushwhacking through thick rhododendrons on steep terrain. Once we worked through the worst of the bushwhacking, we were confronted with a field of weeds growing over our heads and in seed with a white "fur" that would make any willow proud. Coated in white, we emerged from the field of weeds to find a faint climbers trail working directly up a steep ridge. Above the initial ridge, another section of nasty bushwhacking and some short sections of 3rd+ class on bad rock gained the generally less steep and easily traveled ridge to the summit. From the summit, trees block the view NE toward Mount Hood. Views of Olallie and Jefferson were denied by heavy smoke from the epic 2017 fires.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2755 ft / 839 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2755 ft / 839 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2755 ft / 839 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2730 ft / 832 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Start Trailhead:2980 ft / 908 m
    Time:2 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2730 ft / 832 m
    End Trailhead:2980 ft / 908 m
    Time:2 Hours 18 Minutes

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