06/01/13 (Sat) - 06/02/13 (Sun)
Approach: From Hood Canal Bridge, drive W toward Port Angeles on SR 104, then US 101. Just before Sequim Bay State Park, exit left onto Louella Rd. In about 1 mi, go left at T intersection. 7.5 mi from US 101, go right onto FS 2880, which descends to and crosses the Dungeness R. In about 2 mi, this road joins FS 2870. Take the left fork, following FS 2870 uphill for about 2 more mi. to its intersection with FS 2860. Take right fork onto FS 2860 and follow it about 4 or 5 mi. to large parking area at Dungeness R. trailhead, just before Upper Dungeness R. Bridge. Approach: From 2500' trailhead, trail goes SW 1 mi. to junction with Royal Basin Trail. Take left fork across log bridge, passing Camp Handy (3100') at 3.2 mi., and arriving at Boulder Shelter (yes, it has both) at 6.3 mi. (4950'). Climbing Route: From Boulder Shelter, go S 2+ mi. on Dungeness Trail. Leave trail before crossing major stream flowing from Warrior/Inner Constance cirque. Climb E up steep forest, then steep open meadow, then talus, staying N of stream bed (approx 4750’). At about 6200', reach flat saddle area just under the twin peaks of Warrior. Follow prominent couloir NNE to saddle (about 7000'). Couloir can be snow filled until late in season and can be icy in cold weather. The higher peak (the SE) is to the right. Climb steep snow, then rock, on its NW side. The first 20' to 50' (depending on snow level) of rock is difficult, and the rock is not of highest quality. Short scramble leads to the summit and glorious views of the seldom visited N face of Mt. Constance. Descent: Descend the climbing route. Data: Seattle to TH TH to Camp Camp to Summit Summit to Camp Camp to TH +2 450' +2 350' 2.5h 4-5h 5-6h 2.5h 3-4h Comments: NOTE: Dungeness River Rd closed in 1999. Check with rangers. Alternate approach (scenic but longer) is via Upper Big Quilcene Trail to Marmot Pass, then down to Boulder Shelter (6.7 mi). A first rate alpine experience in a lovely area. Climber's Guide to the Olympic Mtns. calls it class 3, but the rock above the 7000' saddle is more like class 4. Plan to rope here for one short pitch. A single light rope should be enough. Rockfall is a problem in the gulley between the S and N peaks of Warrior. Keep the party together.
Dungeness River approach. Sign up with leader only.