Thurston County High Point Trip Report

Quiemuth Pk (2,922 ft)

Date: September 14, 2001
Author: Trapper Robbins

From highway 7 (0.0 mile), turn west on Pleasant Valley Road. Continue to FR74 (3.7 miles) and turn left. FR74 starts out as a narrow paved road, then turns to dirt. Follow FR74 almost completely around the mountain to the junction with FR7409 on left (9.7 miles). FR7409 was not signed when we were there, but it is clear where to turn if you track your progress on maps. Turn left on FR7409 and follow this 0.4 mile to the small spur road #017 (10.1 miles). Turn left and follow #017 uphill. Go left up a big switchback halfway up and continue to end of road (~12.1 miles). Narrow road #017 has a nice, smooth grade but is quite overgrown on both sides and has high grass down the middle. We parked a few tenths of a mile before the end at a decent pull-off.

From end of road, bushwhack straight north up relatively steep open woods to the summit ridge. The final few feet is through dense vegetation but is marked by some old ribbons and has a vague access path. Summit cairn with register on top. No views -- the greenery must have grown up since John Roper visited! Round trip from end of road was 0.6 mile, with 300 feet elevation gain.

Note that there was a big orange sign on Pleasant Valley Road indicating that FS74 was "closed 3.5 miles ahead". There was an additional yellow notice at the start of FS74 indicating that it was closed 6+ miles ahead due to Little Nisqually River flood repair. We did see some evidence of roadwork just before the FS74/FS7409 junction but no problem driving through and no indication of road closures in effect.