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Ascent of Mount David on 2010-09-25

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Saturday, September 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount David
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7420 ft / 2261 m

Ascent Trip Report

This one of the nicer hikes of the year. Great weather for once and excellent views. There's a trail to the top so it is pretty straight forward. Cross the river on the bridge and quickly take a L at the trail junction. Follow this for a somewhat downhill mile. Then you go up and it get progressively more uphill but the trail has some nice long switchbacks that gain elevation efficiently. There is a bit of a brushy section at 3500' that might get you a little wet if it has just rained. Pretty soon you gain the ridge at 5200' and from here you get progressively more views as you go along. At around 5500' you'll go through a fresh burn from just a month or so back and while small the area has been charred to the dirt in places. Interesting to see. After this the trail rolls up and down a bit and weaves in and out of gendarmes. Further up, above maybe 6400' it starts to feel a little bit steeper although never steep. Here the trail again does a nice job of weaving around some major cliffs. Pretty soon you are near the top. The path is a bit fainter for the less 100 or more vertical feet but you can find it and you just go up and sort of angle right. Just before the summit there is a part where it narrows with a bit of exposure on both sides and then you are at the top at the old lookout site. Great views. The highest ground is just past the flat lookout area. The lesser bump back behind you with the trail leads down to the toilet which is rather famous as it is like an igloo of cairns and has a magnificent view towards the Monte Cristo area. Going down went fairly fast. Not sure that this is 16 miles, it feels like less but it is a good trail the whole way so that can be deceiving and the more I think about it based on my downhill time of about 4 hours the more I think it may be 16 miles. But it sure felt like less. I would definitely recommend this as a fall or late summer trip as it might be sketchy with snow and it has nice color anyway.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5720 ft / 1742 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:Mount David Trail
    Trailhead:White River TH  2300 ft / 701 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1+
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Glorious



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