Page 1 of 1

Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 8th, 2020, 6:01 pm
by Chip Down
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.

Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 8th, 2020, 6:01 pm
by Chip Down
and of course...

Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 8th, 2020, 11:38 pm
by Bosterson
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).

Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 5:37 am
by retired jerry
does that make it a glacier? cool

Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 6:16 am
by johnspeth
Why would a sign advising calling an Oregon authority exist in Washington? Would OSP really respond to a call in another state?
6.jpg
Call OSP

Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 6:28 am
by johnspeth
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.

Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 10th, 2020, 12:32 am
by Webfoot
Was this around February 18th, or a more recent snow?

Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 10th, 2020, 5:00 am
by Chip Down
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.

Re: Skamania Mountain via Duncan Creek

Posted: March 10th, 2020, 6:13 am
by retired jerry
local warming will cause glacier to recede :)