Ascent of Mount Washburn on 2014-06-09

Climber: Grant Miller

Others in Party:Caleb and Ethan
Date:Monday, June 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washburn
    Elevation:10243 ft / 3122 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ethan, Caleb, and I started our hike in Canyon Village. We hiked around a mile along a road that traveled parallel to the north rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone until we reached the Glacial Boulder TH. After trying and failing many routes up Glacial Boulder, I finally succeeded by starting from the northeast side (starting by standing, not sitting - I was also in hiking boots and jeans). We then hiked the seven mile hole trail to the Mount Washburn Spur Trail to the summit. The going got rough once we starting gaining elevation as snow scattered the ground in most places. The elevation profile is also quite steep. However, it's quite satisfying starting away from the mountain and hiking to the base, then ascending to the top. The journey seems more fulfilling when you can truly comprehend the magnitude of the mountain. Though Washburn is only 10,243', it really drained my energy. Whether I didn't bring enough to eat or was too hot and restricted in jeans or was just worn out from 5.5 hours sleep the night before, I felt sluggish and moved slowly. Mount Washburn really kicked my butt. Upon reaching the summit, we chilled in the lookout for around an hour, resting and looking out at the mountain ranges around us. Even though it was overcast, we could see for miles. The Tetons were barely visible, but the northern and southern Absorakas were very prominent and magnificent. After resting up, we descended via the OLD Chittenden road to the Dunraven Pass TH. However, after about the 2nd snow-covered switchback down the mountain, we decided to slide down the rest of the way on our butts, straight down the mountain. Soaked but exuberant, we arrived at the road after about 20 minutes of sheer awesome.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2509 ft / 765 m
    Elevation Loss:2509 ft / 765 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Overcast
gusts of wind up to 40 mph near/at the summit.
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2509 ft / 765 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Mount Washburn Spur Trail
    Trailhead:Canyon Village dorms  7734 ft / 2357 m
    Time Up:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2509 ft / 765 m
    Route:Dunraven Pass
    Trailhead:Grand Loop Road, 4 miles north of Canyon Village  7734 ft / 2357 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 

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