Ascent of McDonald Mountain on 2007-05-25

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Dean Molen
Date:Friday, May 25, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:McDonald Mountain
    Elevation:3570 ft / 1088 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dean's TR:

DM: "Eric Noel and I parked here and hopped over the blue gate as we elected to push bikes up so we could ride them down. The way up passes an old shot up pickup truck and a couple wash outs but at this point, go left. Stay on the left road and at the next road junction, again go left and up the hill to where you will find a big blue gate. Most likely this gate will be closed so just hop over it and continue up the road. When you reaach this point, you'll see a borrow pit and another blue gate, but just continue on as the gated road leads to a radio tower. Continue down the road and you'll come to another fork, the right one which goes slightly uphill at this point, and the main road which drops downhill. Take the right fork as it ascends a bit and then ascends even more, eventually topping out here before it drops back downhill. When you reach the junction with the original main road, go right and head uphill and this will lead you close to the highpoint. The topozone map doesn't show a small spur that goes to the right off of the main road but you'll see it about here, just follow it around and up and you'll be very close to the highpoint of McDonald Mtn. No benchmark or register and a limited view to the south and southwest. Mt. Rainier will fill your viewscreen on a clear day. Stat's for this route: a bit over 12 miles and 3500 feet (includes the ups and downs). Credit for the short cut which shows only as a 4wd track on topozone but is indeed a road goes to Eric. I just followed his good directions and it probably saved about a mile each way. --Dean Molen, May 25, 2007
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3430 ft / 1044 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.8 mi / 20.6 km
    Route:DNR Road Network
    Trailhead:Kent Kangley Road  940 ft / 286 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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