Ascent of Mount Pugh on 2018-07-28

Climber: Patty Cokus

Others in Party:(The Dog) Ava
Date:Saturday, July 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pugh
    Elevation:7201 ft / 2194 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ava and I by ourselves. Finished packing Sat morning and left the house about 8am, started from the trailhead about 10:30am. Very HOT and somewhat buggy.

I had one liter of water with me and my filter plus bladder ready for filling. I knew the lake was the last water so planned to filter there but we reached it in 45min and I didn't realize you only are at the lake right when you reach it with a narrow little easy access spot. So I turned left and started traversing around and realized the trail was gaining and to get to the lake was super brushy. I should have gone back and filtered but didn't.

Luckily Ava had some snow patches along the way above Stujack Pass and a few other spots until the summit block. Of course I missed the easy crossover from the left to right side of ridge and continued a bit near the snow with the moat. When I got to what looked like a knife edge...I thought ok, I can do that but Ava won't be able to and this is supposed to be a I went up a bit and looked over to the other side and watched two people just happily walking. So we backtracked 10 ft and crossed over to the other side. Basically it isn't that hard, but a little exposed in spots. Just looked for the easiest way up. Luckily found some shade on the summit a few steps down for Ava as she was extremely panty. We stayed a half hour drinking some water and eating some apple and snow peas. Eventually she got up and sniffed around so I knew it was ok to leave (2pm). I still had about half a liter and knew Ava could have snow on our way back to the pass, then we would share again back down to the lake. Heading down from the pass it was super at the bottom I planned to use most of my water. Problem was the bugs were super bad and so I put on bugspray and unfortunately used up the rest of the dog bug spray ... kind of a problem as we planned to car camp and hike again tomorrow. I poured Ava some water in her bowl but she wouldn't drink I think mostly due to the bugs bothering her and also she did have a bunch of snow up higher.

Since I had about a quarter liter left I didn't want to waste water and the trail was nice so I carried her little bowl of water all the way down to the lake offering it to her numerous times with no effect. We passed the Mazama group we had passed at the summit block (on our way up and their way down). Once at the lake Ava went swimming and just circled and circled getting very much rejuvenated. The Mazama group caught up and we chatted a bit. They were all going to filter so I decided to wait until one of the creeks we had crossed on the way in. The lake isn't tiny, but it is very still and not the cleanest. Plus Ava had stirred it up a little....

Well, I was pretty thirsty and I should have filtered. It's pretty far to a creek you can filter at and you actually hear one several times without crossing it which is just a tease. Needless to say I made it to one and filtered but should have gone around the next corner as the creek was quite a bit bigger there. Got back to the car around 4pm and headed off on what was supposed to be a 3 hour drive to the Merrit lake Trailhead.

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