Ascent of Sleeping Beauty on 2019-08-07

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sleeping Beauty
    Elevation:4907 ft / 1495 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wow, what a view!

This trail is short and sweet: so short, in fact, that I had overlooked it for a long time because I generally don't want to drive for hours only to hike for less than three miles. It's located a long ways from anywhere, but since the weather was so warm that I didn't feel like tackling a longer trail the 2.6 miles for Sleeping Beauty seemed more appealing. Turns out, 2.6 miles is PLENTY when it's 92 degrees out and the trail is a steep hill all the way to the top!

Trail is in great shape; no obstacles. Bugs were definitely out for blood, but they weren't too bad as long as I kept moving, and the stiff breeze on the summit kept them away while I enjoyed the views and rehydrated. There was some smoky haze in the air, but nothing like the thick fog of smoke we've had the past two Augusts. Mount Adams was dominating the view, St. Helens and Rainier were visible in the distance, and I think I could just make out the outline of Hood in the distance through the haze. There were a few wildflowers here and there, and vast expanses of evergreens in every direction.

One vehicle was at the trailhead when I arrived, but they had just come down from the peak and were getting ready to go. I didn't seen anyone else the entire time I was here (advantage of hiking on a Wednesday evening!). My GPS tracked about the same mileage/elevation as what's listed on the WTA page (2.6 miles/1400 ft). Such a splendid evening hike!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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