Shellrock Mountain

  • Date:
    2012/11/23
    Elevation gain:
    1,990 feet
    Trip type:
    scramble
    USGS quad:
    Mount Defiance
    In:
    Columbia River Gorge
    Car-to-car:
    4 hours 4 minutes
    • 1 hour 43 minutes ascending from I-84 to the summit
    • 1 hour 55 minutes descending from the summit to I-84

    References

  • Our trail head on the shoulder of I-84, east of the Wyeth exit and immediately after the large retaining wall.
    Our trail head on the shoulder of I-84, east of the Wyeth exit and immediately after the large retaining wall.
  • From our parking spot, we followed this remnant of the old highway east for a couple minutes before the trail forked off to the right.
    From our parking spot, we followed this remnant of the old highway east for a couple minutes before the trail forked off to the right.
  • Switchbacking up to the remains of a wagon road from the 1870s.
    Switchbacking up to the remains of a wagon road from the 1870s.
  • On the old wagon road.
    On the old wagon road.
  • Wind Mountain.  At one point Shellrock Mountain and Wind Mountain may have been part of the same mountain.
    Wind Mountain. At one point Shellrock Mountain and Wind Mountain may have been part of the same mountain.
  • Augspurger Mountain
    Augspurger Mountain
  • Eventually the trail became too difficult to follow and we headed directly up through brush and open forest.
    Eventually the trail became too difficult to follow and we headed directly up through brush and open forest.
  • An earthstar mushroom?
    An earthstar mushroom?
  • The summit of Shellrock Mountain.
    The summit of Shellrock Mountain.
  • The last dozen switchbacks above I-84.
    The last dozen switchbacks above I-84.
  • We took a detour west along a trail under the power lines and came across this ladder where the trail ascended a small cliff.
    We took a detour west along a trail under the power lines and came across this ladder where the trail ascended a small cliff.
  • Dad standing on the 1870s wagon road.
    Dad standing on the 1870s wagon road.
  • Licorice ferns
    Licorice ferns
  • Back at I-84.
    Back at I-84.

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