Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

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Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by Chip Down » March 8th, 2020, 6:01 pm

Did you know there's a Skamania Mountain? I didn't either, although I've been there before. That was on a hot snow-free day, so must have been spring or summer. I wanted to go back again via a different route in winter.

Started at Duncan Creek TH, east of Archer Mountain. I didn't realize the Duncan Creek trail is so easy to follow. I expected no more than vague remnants.

At the top of the trail (Railcar Bridge) I was thinking about following Duncan Creek up/north, but decided to veer up/east to the crest of a ridge, which I followed, with a little help from an unexpected road I encountered. Then an expected road took me west to powerlines, which I followed to the summit.

I was expecting this to be really difficult, but it went well.

Other parties: none, but several cars at Duncan TH when I returned. Strange.
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Those bare ridges to the right are enticing.
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I arrived here with the towers at my back, and laughed when I turned around to discover how close I was.
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The clouds put on a show today.
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Highest powerline tower, just south of the radio towers. Spent a loooong time here watching ice tumble off the warming steel.
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Last time, I came from there, via Hardy Ridge.
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That's about as much authority as I came up with to call it Skamania Mountain.
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Notice how a slab slowly creeped down the roof and curled under at the bottom.
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Funnest part of the day was sliding down that roof into the snow pile.
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Slushbomb Alley on the way back down. No surprise, I figured it would be.

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Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by Chip Down » March 8th, 2020, 6:01 pm

and of course...
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Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by Bosterson » March 8th, 2020, 11:38 pm

Does 2 cans mean you made a couvee? Seems like better weather for a can of Dark Star (though maybe not, it'd be hard to warm it up).
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Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by retired jerry » March 9th, 2020, 5:37 am

does that make it a glacier? cool

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Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by johnspeth » March 9th, 2020, 6:16 am

Why would a sign advising calling an Oregon authority exist in Washington? Would OSP really respond to a call in another state?
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Call OSP

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Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by johnspeth » March 9th, 2020, 6:28 am

johnspeth wrote:
March 9th, 2020, 6:16 am
Why would a sign advising calling an Oregon authority exist in Washington? Would OSP really respond to a call in another state?
I shall answer my own question: The sign location appears to be at an OSP radio site, designated F73701. There are a number of OSP radio sites that exist just beyond the Oregon state line, particularly on hilltops on the north side of the Columbia River.

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Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by Webfoot » March 10th, 2020, 12:32 am

Was this around February 18th, or a more recent snow?

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Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by Chip Down » March 10th, 2020, 5:00 am

Bosterson:
I did. And I will.

Jerry:
Okay, Skamania Glacier it is.

Johnspeth:
I wondered too, and reached the same conclusion.

Webfoot:
Hike was day of report, March 8. Snow was very fresh.

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Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Post by retired jerry » March 10th, 2020, 6:13 am

local warming will cause glacier to recede :)

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