I was in Washington in early August 2009 on a planned trip to climb Mount Buckner. Unfortunately, the weather turned bad and I had to find something else to do with my time. I found Anderson Mountain was in the area and I decided to give it a try. I took exit 236 from Interstate 5 set my trip meter and went east on Bow Hill Road. At .9 mile I turned left on Old North Road, at 3.4 miles turned right on Parson Creek Road, and at 4.4 mile turned left on a road that goes to the top of Anderson Mountain. I didn’t note the name this road, but it is a good road.
I followed this road as it quickly gained elevation and at mile 11.7 reached the south end of Anderson Mountain at elevation 3,000 ft. I had decided to try to tag all 4 of the little closed contours along the Anderson Mountain ridgeline, so I continued further down the road to see if it got any closer to the summit. At about 12.5 miles there was a spur up to the left and I followed that to the end at 12.7 miles. This is in the middle of a freshly logged area where it looks like they are drastically thinning the forest. My GPS indicated I was only about 1,000 ft away and 400 ft in elevation below the northern most contour of Anderson Mountain. I decided to hike up this logged slope to the summit.
Hiking up this hill was not easy, it was littered with logging debris and it was steep. I found some tracks from a tracked logging vehicle in the mud and that made progress a little easier. Unfortunately they had not thinned all the way to the summit. The last couple hundred feet was a bushwhack through a thick forest that almost blocked out daylight. It was definitely interfering with my GPS reception, but I managed to get enough of a signal to find the northern highpoint. From there, I hoped it would be an easy hike south to the next highpoint. I started bushwhacking south trying to follow the ridge, my GPS had lost satellite reception, and after about 10 minutes I found myself back at the northern highpoint. I had walked in a circle clockwise. I have done this a couple of times before when in dense brush, so I guess my right leg is shorter than my left and I have this natural right side bias that leads me circles if I have no landmark to focus on. Don’t hike with me at night….
I got a weak GPS reception and it showed the direction to the southern highpoint and I again headed towards my objective. In another 10 minutes, I again found myself back where I had started. I was frustrated now so I headed back down to my truck. Thankfully I found the truck without much difficulty.
I got back in my truck and drove back up the road a mile to the south end of the Anderson Mountain ridge. Here I parked and headed north on an old logging road towards the summit of Anderson Mountain. This was much better hiking and in about .9 mile the road switch backs across the summit right onto the ridgeline. My GPS indicated that the highpoint was still north a couple hundred feet, so I bushwhacked out to that point and then back to the road. I continued south along the road and found the southern 2 contour highpoints off to the right of the road hidden in more brush above steep road bank cuts. I hiked the road back to my truck and called it a day. There weren’t any good views because of a thick cloud cover just above the summit of Anderson Mountain.
Altogether I hiked about 3 miles, gained about 900 ft in elevation, but it took just over 2 hours with all the bushwhacking.