Ascent of Mount Scott on 2012-09-02

Climber: Joel Ruark

Others in Party:Allison Ruark
William Ruark
Date:Sunday, September 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Scott
    Elevation:8929 ft / 2721 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got to Crater Lake early before the boats were on the water to photograph the lake while the water was still. Hit the Mt. Scott trailhead at 10:40am, beautiful day, clear skies and mid-80's by afternoon. Hiked with Allison (wife) and William (6-mo. old son in backpack), and we stopped for lots of photos on the way up. Two hours to summit. Trail is well travelled and maintained, not too steep. The trail provides stunning views of Crater Lake and the surrounding area -- Mt. McLaughlin, the Three Sisters, Mt. Thielson, Bachelor Peak, Broken Top, and several other peaks in southern Oregon are clearly visible. On a clear day, Mt. Shasta would be visible as well, although the haze from the California wildfires was hanging in the air on this particular day, so we couldn't see Shasta. The best time to be on this mountain would be at sunrise for views/photos of Crater Lake. There is an old lookout tower on the summit, which is interesting. We hung out on the summit for about 45 minutes, then hiked back down in about 1 hr 15 mins. Returned to trailhead at 2:40pm. Highest point in the park, well worth the climb ... best view of Crater Lake, in my opinion.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1250 ft / 381 m
    Route:Mt. Scott Trail
    Trailhead:7679 ft / 2340 m
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 15 Minutes

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