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Alpine Scramble - Mount Tebo

Successful ascent of Tebo via Olympic Mountains - A Climbing Guide 4th edition - route 1.

  • Road recommended for high clearance only

Drove the Skokomish River road past Brown Creek campground, via FR 23, then followed the FS 2353 loop clockwise until we reached the four-way intersection where we turned left onto 200 which eventually bears left, becoming 230. There are several rough water bars on 230 that require a high clearance vehicle. We were able to make it to the saddle at 3400', where the drivable road ends. From there we walked the abandoned road NE for close to a mile, where it reaches a clearing at the base of Tebo's southwest ridge. We had to sidehill on the right side a bit before we could ascend steeply to the ridge. Plenty of ups and downs moving NE along the ridge, along with one bypass on to the left to avoid what would have been a dicey rock scramble to stay right on the ridge. Eventually came to what we agreed was the 4200' point described in the Mountaineers description (it was a tad below 4200' but it was  at the base of another rocky outcropping that we may have been able to scramble up and to the left but we estimated that would have put us up to about 4250'). So we called it our spot and descended 200' of steep brushy hillside, traversing down and to the right toward the Isolated Buttress, which is hard to miss once you've contoured for 15 minutes at 4000'. Scrambled/bushwhacked up the buttress gully then up the steep forest to the ridge.  Moved along the ridge, bypassing the gendarme by hugging its right side then scrambling up a steep section beyond it (which we arm-rappelled down on the return route), then to the summit. Summit register has names dating back to the early 1970's.