Ascent of Broken Top on 2018-08-06

Climber: Vic Hanson

Date:Monday, August 6, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Broken Top
    Elevation:9175 ft / 2796 m

Ascent Trip Report

After my failed attempt to find the right route the day before, I found a GPS track to follow for the climbers trail. It was a little off at first but I got on the trail after a little bushwhacking. The trail actually starts where the campsite #16 post is on the Green Lakes Trail. It goes past on the left side of the campsite and is a well defined and easy to follow trail. Once it reaches the ridge there are usually 2 paths, one on the left side and one on the right, for me the right side had less exposure and seemed safer.

For awhile it seemed it would take forever to reach the top but finally I made it. I had been a bit worried about the final climb to the summit but decided to go around to the left and come up the back side. I was alone on the mountain so was being extra cautious and wasn't sure I would be able to actually summit. I stayed close to the rock wall on my right until I saw what looked like an easy route up, and it was. The next challenge had an easy crack to follow, with a lone flower growing in it, again it was easy with minimal exposure. From there it was an easy scramble to the summit, without any scary stuff. In all I would say it was somewhere between class 3 and 4, but nothing like I had expected and was stressing about beforehand. Even the descent was fine, which is normally the worst part for me.

Going down I stayed on the ridge for awhile and then went down the scree slope to the right of the longest one because the approach to the longer one seemed a bit steep and sketchy to me. Back at the Green Lakes Trail I hiked up the trail aways before returning down to the Green Lakes Trailhead, a total of 16.2 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3775 ft / 1150 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3775 ft / 1150 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Start Trailhead:5400 ft / 1645 m
Descent Statistics

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