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Ascent of Mount Angeles on 2008-09-07

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Sunday, September 7, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Angeles
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6454 ft / 1967 m

Ascent Trip Report

Since the "trail" to the summit was not on my map, I started up without a trail on the east side, from the west end of the top switchback. This route was very steep, but by walking up the chutes while using the walls for support, it was doable. The east summit was a nice bonus, and the route across summits wasn't so bad - some downclimbing was needed, but not too much until right before the (west) summit. The views from the summits were amazing - full view of the Olypmic peaks, the sound, vancouver island, a peak I think was Mt. Baker, and more. At the top I met a couple who told me about a "trail" heading down the north side then going around the west side linking up with the trail connecting the switchback trail with the visitor center. This "trail" is easy to follow (except for a few places), but it is very steep and on loose sand/rock.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2125 ft / 647 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2125 ft / 647 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2075 ft / 632 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2025 ft / 618 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:East side (over the east summit)
    Start Trailhead:Switchback Trail Trailhead  4429 ft / 1349 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2075 ft / 632 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2025 ft / 618 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Mount Angeles Trail
    End Trailhead:Switchback Trail Trailhead  4429 ft / 1349 m



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