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Ascent of Bowman Mountain on 2010-01-03

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Sunday, January 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bowman Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4230 ft / 1289 m

Ascent Trip Report

The 4230 spot is clearly and definitively higher than 4200+.

Accessed from a gate to the N at a crossing of the Middle Fork Nooksack. Private Timber Land, may or may not be signed for pedestrian access.

Follow road to the SE until 2596'. Turn Right. Continue on road (incorrectly shown as trail) until 3006'. Stay right and cross Galbraith Creek to 3058'. Go right/north until you meet NE ridge of peak at 3200'. Turn left/southsouthwest and follow road up ascending traverse to 3600'. Turn right on road (incorrectly shown as trail) and follow through zig zags to 3800'. Road now becomes moderately overgrown. Brush isn't bad but is rather annoying when wearing snowshoes. From here follow your nose and maybe some aerials to N summit. Forget about S summit. Roads go all the way to N (and S) summit. Good views of Twin Sisters and Baker from top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3370 ft / 1026 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3370 ft / 1026 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.5 mi / 24.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3220 ft / 981 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3030 ft / 924 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Loss on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    Route:9000 Road, Rolling Traverse, Retired Road Finale
    Start Trailhead:Middle Fork Nooksack Gate  1200 ft / 365 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3180 ft / 969 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3030 ft / 924 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:9000 Road, Rolling Traverse, Retired Road Finale
    End Trailhead:Middle Fork Nooksack Gate  1200 ft / 365 m



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