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Ascent of Mount Phelps on 2016-09-18

Climber: Colin Guthrie

Date:Sunday, September 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Phelps
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5535 ft / 1687 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starting out at the Blackhawk mine spur road this trail starts off easy to follow although quite steep. Once you reach the mature forest treeline things get dicey. I never did find the real turnoff point from the main trail to traverse to the saddle. Despite having a few maps and pretty good navigational skills I just ended up taking whatever path looked less painful. Their isn't one. They are all painful. The route to the ridge includes a LOT of very steep faces and cliffs. Without a good route it would be easy to get stuck somewhere unsafe.

After I got to the ridge I also got turned around a few times with the path being not too easy to follow. Once I finally made it to the summit the views were quite impressive. I was continuously thinking about the route down. I ended up following the standard ridge down and made it close to the saddle before contouring toward the other trail. This proved to make things go a LITTLE bit more smoothly. I still ended up grabbing trees to keep myself from sliding off the mountain almost the entire route back to the main trail.

I would add two necessary pieces of equipment for this mountain.
1. GPS unit. Their is no easy route to find and having that would at least give you a chance to find the main route.
2. Hiking Poles. Your knees will thank you on the way down.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3355 ft / 1023 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Got lost too many times to know
    Trailhead:Blackhawk Mine Spur Road  2180 ft / 664 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 32 Minutes



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