Pacific County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: November 3, 2008
Author: Edward Earl

On WA-6, at virtual mile 22.6 (1.9 miles west of the Lewis county line), I turned south on a gravel logging road identified by a Weyerhaeuser sign as the A-line. Call this point mile 0.0. In general, you want to follow any sign that indicates the A-line but do not follow any numbered sign that does not indicate the A-line. At 0.3 mile, I turned left at a fork. At 0.7 mile, I turned left at another fork, just past a sharp right turn around the crest of a ridge. At 1.0 mile is another fork where I took the right branch, uphill. At 3.1 miles the road curves left and two side roads on the right are identified as the C-line. Keep left here and do not turn right onto the C-line. At 3.6 miles, I went straight ahead where a major side road is on the right. At 4.4 miles, I turned right at a fork. At 4.8 miles, I turned right at a fork where the two branches go on opposite sides of a ridge. At 5.2 miles, I turned left at a fork. At 5.4 miles, I turned right at a fork. At 5.7 miles, I turned right at a T-intersection. At 6.7 miles, I went left at a fork, leaving the A-line and now following the F-line. At 7.4 miles, the road curves left across a saddle (the one at the head of Crim Creek, near the southwest corner of section 27) and two side roads, both gated, go right. At 8.3 miles, a rough grass side road switches back sharply uphill to the right. Any street-legal vehicle can make it to this point but a vehicle without high clearance would have trouble on the side road. My Nissan truck, which has high clearance but no 4WD, did OK. At 8.5 miles, I parked my truck where the road reaches the saddle that lies 0.4 mile west-northwest of the HP. A berm precludes motorized travel on the abandoned, overgrown road that heads east-southeast to the HP.

The hike up this road to the HP is short, sweet, and takes barely 10 minutes. The HP is in an open grassy flat.