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RedwicSecond OR CoHP Of The Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011


After summiting nearby Tower Mountain (Umatilla CoHP) a few hours earlier, I went to Black Mountain. After walking along the road for approximately 1/2-mile, I decided to leave the road and head straight up the slopes along animal paths. Using those tracks, common sense, and my GPS as guides, I reached the upper portion of FS-030 within 1/4-mile of the summit area. Then I continued beyond the communications facility to the true, open, rocky summit. There is a nice can register there. I descended open slopes similar to my ascent route, but more direct to the first road switchback down below. This shaved off a lot of time: Only one hour roundtrip, including stopping at the summit for register-signing and photos.

Considering that the Gilliam CoHP does not currently have an SP page, I will continue the aftermath of this story... I continued west to Condon to get gasoline (before their one station closed for the day), then summited Zero Butte (Gilliam CoGPP), and then the Gilliam CoHP during sunset/early evening hours. I had planned to do more CoHP and CoGPP stuff the following day, but that was not meant to be: My front passenger-side tire blew out along Lone Rock Road shortly after leaving Lost Valley Road. What a horrible place and time for that to happen, and with my broken wrist not totally healed! At least I still had one great hand/arm and two strong legs to help with the lugnuts.

With no place having tires on Sunday between Condon and Yakima, I drove (using my "donut" tire) to Biggs that night, slept in my car, and then met my wife in Goldendale. She drove me to Yakima to get a new tire put on the wheel, then we went back to Goldendale, and then we both drove home. What an adventure! It was not anything like I planned, but an adventure all the same. The worst part is that now I have to return to that general northern area of Oregon for things such as Wheeler County, Sherman County, etc. I am trying to limit my number of trips, not add to them! lol
Posted Sep 19, 2011 10:35 am

calebEOCBrief work interlude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2011


Walked up the road from the gate, car broke down on the way over to do nearby Tower Mountain.
Posted Aug 28, 2011 10:03 pm

Bob BoltonEarly COHP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2002

Bob Bolton

Solo hiked this one within a month of starting to chase county highpoints.
Posted Sep 18, 2010 12:33 am

DundeelMorrow the same  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006


Black and blue ain't bad when it's a mountain and the sky! I came across a cow elk grazing during my hike. She must have felt two was a crowd, cause she trotted away.
Posted Jul 10, 2008 8:29 pm

DeanCohp'ing hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 16, 2003


Most of the fun on this one is the drive getting there through country I had not seen before. I will take my wife back so she can get this one and enjoy the area. An easy cross country hike up but I took the road down.
Posted Feb 28, 2007 4:11 pm

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