The road is pretty steep and would be good conditioning running or on a bike, that's probably the only thing that could bring me back.
That is a long way to go for a low elevation peak with little view. Unless you recognize that before hand, then its not too bad. Keep your expectations low, and it's not a bad training hike. Trees at the summit are getting tall and thick, so finding the true high point is a little difficult.
Redwic says I'm not a prominencian, but for some odd reason I was willing to walk up this boring hill. Scratches head...
I did the south peak as well which according to Grant Meyers has 440' of clean prominence.
This is definitely a bicycle route, but unfortunately I was with some folks who hate bicycles.
Incorporated all three in to my run today. Great views of Baker and Twin Sisters even through the smoke. Would be a great place to watch the sun set over the San Juans.
Using snowshoes made this feel a bit more adventurous than it is. If we could get the DNR to check the LIDAR data and have them print a map the area at 4 foot contours, we could know which is highest. For now, this particular spot is marked highest of the three so I will leave it at that. I didn't think we speculated on the + amount above the hightest countour here in WA. If we did, then we would need to be going after a few hundred peaks that are one contour shy of the 400 foot prominence mark. http://www.willhiteweb.com/north_cascades/lake_whatcom_park/whacme_haner_stewart_373.htm
Nice quick trip on the bike. Several good view spots on the way up, and on the summit. A surprising amount of the route is unshaded - make sure you start early if it will be a hot day. I let the GPS get good and stable on the summit with 10 satellite reception (RAIM showed 9' maximum error) - the elevation locked in at 3103' and did not budge. On Big Foot, the same methods two days earlier (similar atmospheric conditions) yielded 3079' and 3073' for the south and north summits, respectively. I can say with a high level of certainty that Whacme Mountain is the high point on this ridge. Had no access issues - no signs on the upper route, and no requirements for a Discovery Pass at the trailhead.
Did this one in winter. Couple of feet of snow on the summit. Did Bigfoot Left and Bigfoot Right in the Spring.
Dennis Poulin and I did this one after doing Mt. Pilchuck earlier in the day.
I did this via the Powerline Road on a nice clear day and there was surprisingly little snow. Not a great hike but good exercise and it does have good views of Baker and the Twin Sisters.
With the extensive logging activity on Whacme Mountain, I was not expecting much in terms of aesthetics. In that sense, I was correct. However, the sky was clear and the wind was non-existent, making for fabulous conditions to see the San Juan Islands, Canadian peaks, Mount Baker, Twin Sisters, Sumas Mountain, Big Foot Hill, Lyman Hill, Anderson Mountain, and other nearby peaks from the summit. Having already done Big Foot Hill one week earlier, Edward & I were happy to have reached all three prominence contenders for the ridge. There are some interesting trails with unsigned junctions on the lower half of the route, which are feasible to use.
Which way did you and EE go to get BFH?
*That* experience will be posted later this evening.
I've seen too much of the South Fork Nooksack River Valley during these P2K expeditions!