a sweltering spring Saturday spent seeking salient Skamanian spire south of Siouxon

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a sweltering spring Saturday spent seeking salient Skamanian spire south of Siouxon

Post by Chip Down » May 29th, 2021, 8:03 pm

Went looking for Saturday Rock. Or I should say I went looking for a feature which I've been told is Saturday Rock. Maps show it in a location that isn't consistent with the feature I was looking for. I'm confused. See map below. At lower right is what maps call Saturday Rock. But the feature I was looking for was found at lower center, marked "summit" and "spire". Take a look at my pics. Is the distinctive spire I visited named Saturday Rock?

I started at Sunset Campground (aka Sunset Falls Campground), followed rd 42 for 3 miles to rd 4211, ascended to rd 53, turned right/east to the mapped Saturday Rock. Nothing of interest. Fortunately, could see the spire I was seeking, way to the west. Looked at map, picked a route that I thought would get me close.

I was dreading the final steep bushwhack, but it went fast, largely because the route followed a low ridge that wasn't visible from a distance (swallowed up by trees). It was mostly rock and beargrass, a bit of brush.

If you have a high-clearance 4wd vehicle, and you pick a smart route, I bet this is a 30 minute hike, maybe an hour tops. I spent six hours, one way. I used my bike as much as possible, but walked a lot (snow, brush).

There was just enough snow to keep the shoot-n-pollute degenerates out, although one determined guy got his truck through, as I discovered when I saw fresh tracks on my return.

Road 42 is awful. I was glad I only had to drive three miles each way. When I returned to sunset camp, a woman was perched at the junction from pavement to gravel, obviously weighing her options. With my window down, I stopped next to her, intending to let her know it doesn't get better. But she just waved, and took the plunge. A clunk and a scrape made me wince; probably her too. I hope she turned around at the first opportunity.
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From the mapped Saturday Rock, I could see the spire I was looking for (lower left).
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Great viewpoint along the way, only feature I couldn't see was Lookout Mountain, behind McKinley Ridge.
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My first good look at my goal.
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Along the bushwhack section.
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Flat spot near summit.
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Spire as seen from main summit.
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At spire, looking back at main summit.
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Too bad I didn't have one named Mountain Anomaly.
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Re: a sweltering spring Saturday spent searching for salient Skamanian spire south of Siouxon

Post by Don Nelsen » May 29th, 2021, 8:33 pm

Your TR title alone should rate this as a classic. Nicely done!

You had much better luck with the weather than I did when I went looking for that spire in 2015. I found the higher summit but never saw the spire in the mist and have always meant to go back and check it out. Thanks for the TR!

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Re: a sweltering spring Saturday spent searching for salient Skamanian spire south of Siouxon

Post by Chip Down » May 29th, 2021, 9:15 pm

Don, pleased to see your post, but a couple questions:
- In your mind, is there a name for that peak?
- What route did you take? It's extremely easy, once you know where to look. I wonder if you struggled as I did.

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Re: a sweltering spring Saturday spent searching for salient Skamanian spire south of Siouxon

Post by BurnsideBob » May 30th, 2021, 5:33 am

An excellent report. The map really explains the whole journey.

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Re: a sweltering spring Saturday spent searching for salient Skamanian spire south of Siouxon

Post by Don Nelsen » May 30th, 2021, 7:39 am

Chip Down wrote:
May 29th, 2021, 9:15 pm
Don, pleased to see your post, but a couple questions:
- In your mind, is there a name for that peak?
- What route did you take? It's extremely easy, once you know where to look. I wonder if you struggled as I did.
I don't know if it's "official" but ListsofJohn.com calls it Tatoosh Hills, West. LofJ doesn't address the likely map error of naming the rounded peak nearly a mile and half to the east as Saturday Rock.

Here's my GPS track for the day I was up there, July 11th, 2015. The only struggle I had was the misty, foggy weather and the bushwhacks I made in an effort to shorten the route. I didn't have a dry spot left once I got back to my car.
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Here's the view as I neared the top of "Tatoosh Hills, West" showing the weather:
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Here's a photo of the top of the faux Saturday Rock from an earlier trip: Definitely not a "Rock":
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Re: a sweltering spring Saturday spent seeking salient Skamanian spire south of Siouxon

Post by bobcat » June 5th, 2021, 2:25 pm

I'll correct my photo caption in the Field Guide and call it Peak 3893 (somehow better than "Tatoosh Hills West") although it should be named some kind of rock.

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