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Nick TurturaBad luck great climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2013

Nick Turtura

My son(8ya) and I took off to climb Grayback fairly early. On the way up a tree snagged me tore my down sweater leaving me in a cloud of goose down. Then at the top when we were bending over to sign the summit register the cap came off the bear spray and squirted a dose in the face of my son. What are the odds?! Anyways after a fair amount of water and tears we enjoyed a perfect summit. I can't say him or I will ever come back though:)
Posted May 12, 2013 6:40 pm

calebEOCUpper O'brien  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2012

calebEOC

This was a nice enough hike, although lots of smoke from a forest fire a couple ridgelines to the west. Long drive back to Tri-Cities afterwards.
Posted Sep 10, 2012 8:41 pm

RedwicNice End Of A Long Day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

Redwic

After driving all the way from Washington during the previous night, and then doing Mount Bolivar and Brandy Peak during this same day... and all with very little sleep... I went to Grayback Mountain. My car was able to make it to the O'Brien Trailhead despite a few minor rough patches. This was the first out-of-Washington hike that has ever completely reminded me of Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which I liked a lot. I hiked the trail to the large signed junction at 6000', then turned left and immediately turned right up the steep meadow slopes. The final 1000' to the summit was completely off-trail, an easy hike up steep meadow slopes and then a bouldery ridgetop. Highly recommended summit hike and CoHP.
Posted Jul 2, 2012 9:41 am

jaimie72SE Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2011

jaimie72

First prominence peak with my son and his friend. Great climb.
Posted Aug 28, 2011 8:07 pm

Brian KaletO'Brien Creek Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008

Brian Kalet

1:50 roundtrip.
Posted Jul 25, 2008 2:43 am

Ryan BurdO'Brien Creek Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2007

Ryan Burd

With Dad, below.
Posted Jul 3, 2008 4:52 pm

Bob BurdO'Brien Creek Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2007

Bob Burd

Ran out of COHPs in CA, so I moved on to Oregon. Son Ryan joined me for three days in Oregon having fun. Trip Report
Posted Jul 28, 2007 1:40 am

Dennis PoulinWinter Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 8, 2006

Dennis Poulin

This was my second summit of Grayback. The first time was in the summer of 1999. Quite a bit more difficult with snowshoes and starting at 3,400 ft elevation. Great climb though.
Posted Apr 9, 2006 10:21 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: Oct. 5th, 2005  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

Today was scheduled to be one of the last, if not THE last 80 degree days in the Applegate Valley and since my work day was shortened due to an unscheduled postponement I decided to give this peak a try.



I went in via Phoenix/Jacksonville/Applegate and then up the Thompson Creek road and arrived at the trailhead about two pm. I quickly ascended the trail to Windy Gap and then decided to take a look at adjacent Big Sugerloaf Peak to the north. That being accomplished, I made my way up the north ridge of Grayback to the summit..

There was a skiff of snow above about 5,600' but never an issue and the temperature was an unusually balmy 60 degrees or so for the whole trip.



Trees down on the route? - Not a prob - low hurdles - as I always say!!

The trip down the south side of Grayback was through a lot of manzanita and would have been more enjoyable had I worn long pants but with some care, it wasn't too bad. This trip is best enjoyed, IMO, via the route I took first to Windy Gap, bushwhack from the north, and then down to the trail with an ESE heading.



For the day, 2,779 vertical feet , 8.2 miles, total. Bypassing Big Sugarloaf will shorten the trek to about 7.2 miles and cut the vertical down to about 2300 feet or so. Still a pretty good days outing, and well worth the effort.
Posted Oct 8, 2005 12:09 am

annaleiserabinekRoute Climbed: O'Brien Trail Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!

annaleiserabinek

See Cornvallis post below. We spent 7 hours (maybe more?) getting to this hike, so we started a bit late allowing us the opportunity to witness a 7 minute sunset from the top. We jogged the trail back down to the car. Our time, car to car, was under 3 hours. Really beautiful area, would have liked to spend more time exploring.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 11:45 pm

CornvallisRoute Climbed: O'Brien Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!

Cornvallis

Got a late start on this due to our longer than should've been summit of the Curry county HP, Brandy Pk. Started from the upper TH at around 5:15, up in under 2 hours. Enjoyed a beautiful 6.5 minutes at the summit. Great place. The Red Buttes and Preston Pk. looked very appealing from our summit perch. Greasy food @ Denny's in Grants Pass on our way home.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 11:13 pm

Chris DoigRoute Climbed: Lower O'Brien trail Date Climbed: November 27, 2004

Chris Doig

Snowed down to 3000 night before. Took lower trailhead as road was getting treacherous. Had a great hike up to the junction. Will definatly be back to get the view from the top. Did not summit.
Posted Nov 29, 2004 3:18 pm

cjwhatRoute Climbed: Obrien Crk trail Date Climbed: June 20, 2004  Sucess!

cjwhat

Annual Father's Day climb with Kyle and Reese. Still a little snow below summit. Only a couple minor blowdowns across trail.
Posted Jun 21, 2004 11:34 am

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: 198?  Sucess!

darinchadwick

As a kid growing up in Cave Junction, Oregon, I would see this mountain out my piano teachers window every Tuesday afternoon. As she lectured me on my poor posture, and extolled the virtues of scales, my eyes would wander to the left, past the books and metronome, the stacked firewood on the back porch, and out and up to the mountain. For me, it was the biggest mountain I was familiar with. The big gray slope, devoid of trees would be the indicator of how close we were to getting snow. People always commented on how far down the snow line was on Grayback Mtn. Most of these were immigrants from California who were deathly afraid of driving on the slush that passes for snow in Southern Or. One day, while on a weekend hike with my parents, we went out on a long gentle ridge, and I fooled around with my fellow 11-year old buddies on the top. Later, my parents told me that we had finally hiked to the top of Grayback. That was the first and last time I climbed anything without knowing what it was!
Posted Feb 16, 2004 10:04 am

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: East slopes/south ridge Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Dean pretty much told the story. After a day of hiking in the rain and driving in fog or drizzle, it was great to hike in the sunshine.
Posted Feb 13, 2004 1:43 am

DeanRoute Climbed: cross country up SE route Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

Dean

Bob Bolton and I did this as part of a SW Oregon sweep where we worked on the Coastal counties of Coos (Mt. Bolivar) Curry (Brandy Peak) and Josephine (Grayback Mtn). We had plans to do So. Sister the next day which ended when I nearly broke my wrist in a fluke fall not far from the summit when a rock moved underfoot.



We had camped near the trailhead of this one and found it a fun workout and very interesting. There is an interesting cabin (Krause) to explore but the trail has suffered unbelievable blowdowns and we found it much easier to just go straight up the side of the mountain to the summit. Great views to Mt. Shasta to the south, Mt.. McLoughlin to the east and some neat peaks to the Southwest.



When we were just about back to the TH, we met a couple from Medford who were going to hike to the summit. One of them was a physical therapist and he said he'd been climbing everything in the area and that Grayback had been highly recommended by the Medford locals. We recommended that he stay off of the main trail once he got to about the 5800 foot mark as from that point on there had been hundreds of trees down due to a windstorm that had hit the area. I had never seen so many trees across a trail before, it was really unbelievable.



All in all, a fun hike / climb on a very unknown summit in southern Oregon. See Bob's trip report that I've put on the front page.
Posted Feb 12, 2004 6:24 pm

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