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thundercloudKlenke's Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012


This little climb is insane. It probably didn't help climbing it on the hottest day of the year, in full on brushy season. Upon leaving the gravel road at 3500, the brush is getting dense and probably more dense as time goes by. It's becoming a battle. Then it's steep and slippery dirt, and you are best off ascending near living branches to pull yourself up (and down) Tarzan style. Be sure to test the vegetation with a good pull, as there's plenty of deceiving dead stuff lying about. We somehow followed the steepening ridge up to about 4500, but on the descent we used the creek bed that exists to the south of the ridge, until traversing back over at around 4000. This worked out a bit better. The last few hundred feet is quite enjoyable, with oustanding views. Trekking poles are more annoying to have than they are useful. The good news is that the Wynoochee Valley Road is now paved about 35 miles to the lower end of the lake and the boat ramp. Also, the road washout has been fixed, but you'll still want to park just before crossing it since the gravel road that you start your hike on becomes impassable about 1/4 mile up, and there are limited places in which to turn around. If you bring your casual hiking buddy along with you for this, it will probably be the last time your casual hiking buddy joins you for an outing. If you bring your dog, it may be the last time your dog gets into your car.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 3:27 pm

RedwicSlog Down Low, Consolidation Up High  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2010


It seemed to be a popular week to do this peak and County Highpoint. The register was signed by two people one week before my visit, as well as by Andy Boos from two days prior to my visit. The snow started shortly before Copper Creek Pass. I got to the pass within one hour, but it was a long, steep slog from that point on... several areas of snowmelt and wetness were quite dangerous to traverse, especially near the rock arete mentioned by Klenke, and I had to reroute my descent. The snow on the summit ridge was awesome! Perfect for traversing, glissading, and whatever else I could put my mind to doing. I liked seeing some of the famous peakbagger names in the summit register canister.
Not the easiest or safest WA CoHP, but it had some of the best views of those I have visited thus far. My 17th WA CoHP.
Posted May 16, 2010 12:05 am

Don NelsenA great day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2009

Don Nelsen

A perfect day for a hike/climb made the detour from Montesano all the way around to Donkey Creek Road north of Humptulips worth it. Up in 3 hours and back down in under 1 1/2 hours. No route finding problems due to finding a series of game trails all the way to the upper meadows.
Posted Sep 25, 2009 7:20 pm

Bob BoltonThird time was the charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2003

Bob Bolton

I had tried unsuccessfully twice before finally bagging this one - not enough time the first time, and nasty weather the second time. On my third attempt I brought reinforcements, Dean and Duane. With lots of snow on the upper slopes and with a dry though gray day, the conditions couldn't have been better. We first summitted Point 4949 just inside Mason County, then headed down the ridge for the Grays Harbor COHP. After looking around for a bit Dean spotted a cairn and register that had been left by Bob Packard.
Posted May 23, 2007 12:23 am

DundeelGray topping  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2005


Used the route from the end of the spur instead of from Copper Creek Pass. This way may be a little less steep but there is still plenty of zigzagging to avoid outcroppings.
Posted Oct 26, 2006 5:02 am

DeanSnow effort  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2003


Sp'ers Bob, Duane and I hit the perfect snow conditions to do both Wynoochee Pt. and the Gray's Harbor cohp. Ice axe and crampons recommended. I'd recommend trying to time this one with good snow conditions if you can. An interesting area that few people probably visit. Nearby Capitol Peak may see some traffic but unless you are into county highpointing, there wouldn't be much of a reason to visit this particular area.
Posted Aug 31, 2006 1:29 pm

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