Washington State Cougars (Mountain)-March 22, 2008

April 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm 3 comments

During Elena’s spring break this year, we embarked upon a car trip to visit family throughout the NorthWest.  The true mission was to add to the Summit Totals for Washington and Oregon, but that goes without saying.  Our first stop was a visit to the Henderson Clan in Woodinville, Washington .   After an overnight stay, replete with good food, company and beer, we began to plan our summits.  The nearby Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park quickly became the planned destination.  At this point, the Washington State Cougars were still playing in the NCAA basketball tournament and we thought a peak and a Cheeseburger in their honor would be appropriate.  We were intrigued byAnti-Aircraft Peak (1,480 feet in elevation).  It turns out that it was the location of a WWII Anti-Aircraft Gun Base and then the radar portion of a Nike Missile site from 1957-1967.  

 We then made a quick stop at the Redmond Dairy Queen to pick up summit provisions and then we were off to Cougar Mountain Park.  Finding Anti-Aircraft Peak was relatively simple since there was a road leading to it.  The site is marked by a small meadow, a radio tower and the remnants of concrete steps from the Missile Site.  We were blessed with beautiful weather and broke out the Cheeseburgers for a yummy lunch.  After eating our Cheeseburgers, SafetyMan and Wimpy determined that there were two left over Cheeseburgers and time enough to make a quick dash for a second peak.  The nearest peak of interest was unmarked on the map and didn’t have any marked trails leading to the summit(I know, I know it sounds like a perfect peak for SirloinofBeef).  Taking the Anti-Aircraft Ridge Trail we picked up the Cougar Pass Trail and then the Tibbets Marsh Trail, then crossing Clay Pit Road and joining up with the Mine Shaft Trail and then finally to the East Fork Trail.  We wandered around trying to find a trail leading East to the summit.  Not finding any obvious trails, we circled back to the Clay Pit and skirted the SouthEast side of the Clay Pit before turning farther South and bushwacking to the Unmarked Summit of Clay Pit Peak (1,558 feet).   On the unmarked summit we enjoyed our second Dairy Queen Cheeseburger of the day.  We then bushwacked back to the Clay Pit and onto the Clay Pit Road.  Then jumping back on the Tibbets Marsh Trail and taking it back to the parking lot below Anti Aircraft Peak were we burst into a spirited round of the Washington State Cougars fight song

Fight, fight, fight for Washington State,
Win the victory!
Win the day for Crimson and Gray,
Best in the West, we know you’ll all do your best,
So on, on, on, on fight till the end,
Honor and glory you must win!
So fight, fight, fight for Washington State,
and victory!
W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N S-T-A-T-E C-O-U-G-S Go Cougs!

 Sadly, the Cougars were eliminated by North Carolina on March 27th.

Summits: 2 Anti Aircraft Peak and Clay Pit Peak

Summiteers: John William(YoYoMa(n))1, Mitchell (Pikachu) 1, Lisa (Esterlinkage) 1, Leslie (QuiltingMama) 1, Mark(SafetyMan) 2, John (Wimpy) 2

Honorary Summiteers: Elena (Splasher) and Paige (LittlestPetShopper)





Entry filed under: Washington Summits.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. summitcheese  |  April 3, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Impressive hiking – oops, I meant driving. Actually I take that back. Since you were off-trail going to Clay Pit Peak I’m going to have to say you were truly hiking.


  • 2. summitcheese  |  April 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Pictures to follow


  • 3. summitcheese  |  April 4, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Leslie, Mark – good to see you on the board again. I’m glad to see that Mark is a fan of wandering around lost in the wilderness.



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