Alhike and I spent a pleasant day ascending this peak above the northwest end of Chehalis Lake. Part of Mount Orrock slid down into that lake nearly 5 years ago and made a hell of a mess.
We started the ascent from a couple of hundred metres up North Skwellepil Creek Road (same road used to access south sides of Stonerabbit, Ratney and Bardean). Some new logging in this area along the roadside. Basically it's a typical no trail west coast bushwack with no technical difficulties, just some minor route finding in the dense forest. Not too bushy though for the most part. Lot's of minor bluffs to have fun scrambling up too.
Further up we reach a very old burn area and on a scenic bluff we take a break. The sound of chainsaws across the valley had been with us all day and from here we could barely see someone at work cutting down trees in a new cutblock off the south Skwellepil Creek Road.
Snags from an old burn, looking back down our route and Chehalis Lake.
Nice view point.
Things get steep for a 100m or so of elevation but no issues as we hit snow around 900-1000m. We wind our way up around more small bluffs until things level off. From here we get a good view down to the lake and the start point of the large slide. Looking across the lake it looks like the level is really low. Not so as the tidal wave from the slide swept across the lake and took out all vegetation etc. on the other side.
It looks like this.
We continued up the ridge turning more west as we near the summit. Lot's of cloud around obscuring the bigger peaks. Ratney/Bardean peaks never really came into view, though Stonerabbit did make an appearance.
Broad view Stonerabbit to Clarke area.
Wilson Lake to the SW.
1565m summit shot with Clarke behind.
Walking back along the broad summit ridge.
Zoom on Urquhart over Orrock's eastern ridge.
Heading back down. The old burn covers a good sized area on the SSE ridge (our route) and over to the eastern ridge above where the slide started (not the cause of the slide as I think that was from heavy rain and freeze/thaw).
And a look back up at one of many bluffy sections.
A nice little peak to check off and the huge Sasquatch Burgers later on really hit the spot.
Map of route.