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Ascent of Purcell Mountain on 2012-07-06

Climber: Ken Russell

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Purcell Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5442 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

A snowbank stopped our vehicles at the 4350 elevation on Road 63. We hiked 63 and spur 102 around to the SW side of Purcell. From there we climbed a steep grassy slope to the S ridge near the junction of the 284 and 285 trails. Both appear to be abandoned. We followed the trail toward the summit until it disappeared under snow. We continued up to the summit and a fantastic view on this day.

Adams, Hood, St. Helens, and Rainier all visible along with High Rock, Storm King, Elbert, the Goat Rocks, and a thousand more summits. On the way down, we took the east slope but I would not recommend it. Steep and brushy with hidden drop offs.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1452 ft / 442 m
    Elevation Loss:1452 ft / 442 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1332 ft / 406 m
    Extra Loss:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:SW side
    Trailhead:Road 63 snow bank  4350 ft / 1325 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1212 ft / 369 m
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:East side
    Trailhead:Road 63 snow bank  4350 ft / 1325 m



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