Somehow Rogers Peak eluded my attention on my December 2018 trip nabbing the Oregon coastal county high points -- and again in May of this year when I returned to complete South Saddle Mountain. So I took advantage of being nearby in Wahkiakum to tackle it.
The coordinates of the locked gate mentioned in earlier reports are accurate, and it was indeed locked. I inputted those coordinates into googlemaps and it gave me the same driving directions as in other reports, so I stuck with it and it worked out fine.
The roads back here were not too bad, and I think most vehicles would probably be okay.
I spotted vehicles in the day-use area next to the highway and at the campground 1.5 miles in but none after that.
Once I got to the gate I decided to mountain bike it again to save a little time. As I was getting my shoes on, I was surprised to see a Jeep pull up and park behind me at the slightly widened spot in front of the gate. It was a father-son pair who said they were here for the last legal day of hunting. I wished them luck and was on my way.
These roads were surprisingly steep. I am ashamed to say I had to get off and walk my bike in a couple sections. But at least it was a fun and fast descent. I had some fantastic views of low clouds/fog rolling in from the Pacific along the way.
The spur to the summit is no longer a road. It could possibly be bikable but there are lots of limbs on the trail, so I stashed my bike up a little way out of view of the road.
There is a short trivial bushwhack the last 40-50 yards to the heavily-wooded summit. I found the typical red cans placed over jars for the summit register but no benchmark.
Both on my way up and on my way down I heard countless gunshots, presumably from the father/son duo as I had seen no signs of anyone else. Whomever it was, they were either just squeezing off some rounds or, if they were hunting, lousy shots.
On my way out there was an obvious growing population of campers both at the campground and incoming vehicles of all sizes I met on their way in. This being mid-afternoon on a Friday, people seemed to be getting an early start on the 3-day weekend.
Quick easy hike up from the gate. The gate was open and there was active logging going on so I made a point to get up and down as quickly as possible.
hard to find, but pretty
Quick trip up with the son then had time to hit a Timbers game on the way home. No snow.
A CoHP, a CoGPP, and very prominent. Otherwise, not very exciting. The most exciting parts were during the descent... when I found fresh bear poo on my route and later found hunters all around. The Sierra Club had left a new summit register in a jar back in August, and I was the first person (other than them) to sign it.
This was my 9th Oregon CoHP, and my 99th USA CoHP overall.
With Annie and Luna. No sun. Snow patches on the road. Found the red summit canister and signed the notebook. It's too bad this big of a coast mountain is a big logging hill with 4 wheelers buzzing all over. This could have been a great hiking area.
4th oregon coast range P2K of the weekend. Did this on the drive back to tri-cities from Corvallis. Warm, foggy, and misting down some minor precipitation, reminded me of a beautiful summer day back in southeast alaska.
The first hike of the year in summer weather. It was sunny and warm with just a light, but pleasant, breeze near the summit. My son, Andrew, and I did Rogers Peak and South Saddle Mountain as a CoHP two-fer. We followed the directions here on SP and had no trouble finding the place. Gilmore road wasn't nearly as rough as I had expected but it was quite steep (at one point, I nearly hit the limit of my PT Cruiser's ability to climb on gravel). There may be no view from the summit, but there were nice views along the way including a very nice view of Saddle Mountain and a hazy view of Mt. Rainier. There was also a nice view of the north side of Kings Mountain. The roadcut near the summit featured a dazzling wildflower display and there was a monster anthill a few yards from the summit boulder. On the way up, we saw two mountain bikers and a dirt biker down near the river. We didn't see any other people or vehicles after crossing the river and heading up Gilmore Road. On the way down, however, there were several dirt bikers along the riverside stretch who seemed totally oblivious to the possibility that there might be other vehicles using this road (on the road to South Saddle Mountain, where there were far more OHVs, the riders seemed much more aware that they were sharing the road with cars and trucks). All in all, not an unpleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Hiked with Shelby in snow for the majority. Lots of fresh snow, GPS got us to the top. I agree with the previous log, CHP's and prominence peak people only.
Solo hike. Not all that exciting, a road hike to a forested summit. The weather was very nice though, had a interesting view of Saddle Mt. Up in 45 minutes, down in 40 with 10+minutes of stopping for pictures. Honestly, if you aren't after CoHP's and/or prominence peaks, I wouldn't recommend this one. I also don't recommend going up Gilmore road on a scooter, unless you enjoy riding on gravel that feels like marbles under your tires.
If it's raining there's not much to see, unfortunately. Here are some updated directions that may help. After turning from Hwy 6 (.3 miles past milepost 23 if heading East) onto North Fork Rd. you enter the Jones Creek Park area. After .2 miles in turn right going towards "Diamond Mill OHV Area". At 1.4 miles from Hwy 6 bear left at the fork. No signs indicated what is to the left but going right would take you to the Diamond Mill OHV Area. At 1.7 miles bear right following the sign for Diamond Mill Rd. Turn right at the second bridge at 4.1 miles (skip the first bridge at 3.1 miles); this road is marked as "Gilmore Rd.". This road will take you all the way to the yellow gate, total distance of 7.8 miles from Hwy. 6. The trail is all dirt road, bear to the right at the first ~ 1/4 mile and then after another ~ 1/2 mile it switches back sharply uphill to the summit. This would also be a great place for mountain biking.
A little bit of snow left but not much along the road. This was a nice easy summit and as I reached the top the clouds cleared out a bit and the rained stopped, or at least paused.
Took Dosha the dog along for this one. Took me a while to find the correct road, but finally got it after a few wrong tries. Patchy snow on the way up, with about a foot on top. Cloudy day, so no views, although saw some interesting views of Kings Mountain on the drive. Went to the beach after so I could stand at the highest and lowest points in the county in the same day.
Nice sunny day. No snow at the gate but 3'+ at the summit. Couldn't find the ATV trail so I followed the road. Watch out for unsupervised kids on ATVs. I had to brake hard as a couple of dirt bikes shot on to the road.
I enjoyed this hike in early spring with snow flying. I had hoped for a view, but only after turning the last corner before the summit did the sun suddenly appear and the clouds separated to give me great views of the surroundings. I returned to do this one with Dean and Trapper and Roxanne in November.
Four of us did this one in waning light and with it snowing a bit. We parked at the gate and walked up the road until we hit an old atv road which turned into a trail. The summit was a big boulder and was surrounded by forest making it another typical coastal mountain summit but it was significant to us as we were all there to get the county highpoint. For one of those present, SP'er Bob Bolton, it was his second visit. Trapper and Roxanne celebrated the rock summit in their special ties, worn everytime they achieve a summit, no matter how significant. (see pic on main page)