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Ascent of Hamilton Mountain on 2010-02-02

Climber: Krystal Wanberg

Date:Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hamilton Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2438 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

So far this has been my favorite mountain in the Gorge. The hike up on the "more difficult" trail was somewhat physically challenging because there were a few steep parts. However, the steep areas were over basalt that formed good stair like footing, and I wasn't sore the next day. The peak has a really lovely view mostly to the north.

If you go up this mountain you will also see a really beautiful waterfall. I highly suggest taking the quick side trail up to the Pool of the Wind. It's totally worthwhile and fits its name.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2405 ft / 732 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2485 ft / 756 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.7 mi / 12.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2205 ft / 672 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2085 ft / 636 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:"More Difficult" south route
    Start Trailhead:Upper Picnic Area  353 ft / 107 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2365 ft / 720 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2165 ft / 660 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:"Difficult" north/west route
    End Trailhead:Upper Picnic Area  273 ft / 83 m



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