Ascent of Harrison Mountain on 2015-12-26

Climber: Coby King

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Harrison Mountain
    Elevation:4743 ft / 1445 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is for Harrison and McKinley

As the reports of Dave Comerzan and Mat Kelliher make clear, the route to Harrison, while still slippery at times and steep, is essentially brush free. The key is, after parking at the turnout, to walk past the gate down 1N09 about .15 miles to a faint use trail on the right. If you found the correct place, you cross a flattish area for about 50 yards and get into the trail proper quickly. Then it’s up and over 3867 and down and up to Harrison, where there is a flat area and an obvious register. From there, it’s a pleasant saunter over to PB 4634. As Dave Comerzan notes, there is a nice little bench and an American flag. The views are as good or better than Harrison.

It took me about an hour and 10 minutes from the trailhead to Harrison, about 45 minutes roundtrip to 4634 and about 45 minutes back to the trailhead from Harrison.


Mileage: 4.63
Moving Time: 2:15
Stopped Time: 0:35:44
Moving MPH: 2.0
Overall MPH: 1.6
Total Gain: 1708

For McKinley, see Dave Comerzan’s report, which gives excellent driving directions. I parked in the dirt area right at the trailhead, and did not get a ticket, but no guarantees. Again, to be clear, take the ridge in the middle, not the jeep trail to the left, or the ridge to the right. From the car, you have to drop into a little gully with some scattered metal pipes and then immediately start climbing the ridge. The route is pretty obvious all the way to the top, where there is a triangle and a register. The hike is quite steep just about all of the way except for a section in the middle and the end.

From McKinley, you can see 3808, which is actually a little higher. This is a bit of a bushwhack, but with my hardshell and gloves, it wasn’t too bad, and there were a variety of little paths to ease the way. To my surprise, I found a decent sized cairn at the top.


Mileage: 3.82
Moving Time: 2:11
Stopped Time: 0:43:54
Moving MPH: 1.7
Overall MPH: 1.3
Total Gain: 3482
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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