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Ascent of Olo Mountain on 2012-04-08

Climber: Ken Russell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, April 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Olo Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3480 ft / 1060 m

Ascent Trip Report

My parking spot was at the Longview Fibre gate on the Mountain Loop Hwy. This gate is right alongside the Masonic Park road and only a few miles from Granite Falls.

I brought my mountain bike. The road starts out by descending to cross Canyon Creek. Immediately after the bridge, turn right. The road follows the creek for a half mile or so before starting to climb. I'm not much of an uphill peddlar so I pushed the bike. By the time I reached the 4-way intersection at 1987, I was starting to see scattered snow patches along the road. A half mile later a logger in a utility truck caught up to me. When I told him I was going to the summit, he offered a ride up to the snowline. I swallowed my pride and accepted. He dropped me and my bike at about the 2600 ft level where he had to turn off. Saved me 600 ft and about 2 miles of walking.

I parked the bike and put on my snowshoes and glacier goggles. Views of Pilchuck were getting better at every turn. The snow quickly got deeper reaching about 4 ft at the summit. There was enough of a crust that the snowshoes worked well. The ridgeline has several false summits that teased me until I finally reached the highest one. The summit area is forested and several hundred yards of bushwhacking but it was made easier by the snow. Since the natural ground was well buried, I wandered around until satisfied that I must have visited the highest point.

No views from the actual summit so I walked back out to the 3400 contour to the south. This area has been cut and there were excellent views of Whitehorse, Three Fingers, Big Bear, Liberty, and of course, Pilchuck. Granite Falls could be seen below and farther away, Everett. The Olympics were lined up along the western horizon.

Once I got back to my bike, I tied my trekking poles to the frame and stowed my snowshoes. Even with the ride, it had taken 3 1/2 hours to get up to the bike parking spot. Going down only took 45 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2280 ft / 694 m
    Elevation Loss:2930 ft / 893 m
    Distance:15.1 mi / 24.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2230 ft / 679 m
    Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Trailhead:Masonic Park Rd  1250 ft / 381 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2930 ft / 893 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Trailhead:Masonic Park Rd  600 ft / 182 m



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