Pacific County High Point Trip Report

unnamed area (3,000+ ft)

Date: November 8, 2003
Author: Ken Russell

I used the A-Line to approach, following Bob Bolton's directions. All mainline gates were open and the roads were full of hunters in trucks. I needed exercise so I parked about 2 1/2 miles from the summit and hiked the road. Just like Bob, I made sure I had my orange vest on. It had snowed the week before and then melted and the roads were muddy but easily passable by any car. There was still an inch or so of wet snow melting just before the summit.

Excellent view from the summit with the mouth of the Columbia visible and part of Willapa Bay visible in the west. To the east, Mount Rainier (Pierce County), Mount St. Helens, Goat Mountain (Cowlitz County), Mount Adams (Skamania and Yakima Counties), and Mount Hood were all visible. To the south Huckleberry Ridge (Wahkiakum County) was nearby. I know I looked right at the stump where the summit register should have been but I didn't think to find it until I was nearly back to the car.

On the return trip I turned to the left when I reached the summit road berm and followed an abandoned road around the hill to a spur road which led back to the right to the gate at the Crim Creek - Grays River saddle.