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Ascent of Red Mountain on 2020-10-31

Climber: Jacob Whitbeck

Date:Saturday, October 31, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Red Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5890 ft / 1795 m

Ascent Trip Report

Scrambled Red Mountain on Halloween. We had great weather only a bit chilly. There was almost no snow at any point on this trail except for a view icy spots there were hidden in the shade. This may change with the upcoming weather. Two stream crossings to note - the 1st one has a log with metal grating on it so move slow and should be no issue. The second stream was a bit more risky - if heading up in the early morning the rocks will be very slippery so it is not easy to hop across. A couple of our group got their feed wet. Coming back the ice had melted so it was easier to cross. Once the switch backs began we opted to do the south ridge scramble route. I highly recommended this route (see .gpx) if you're into scrambling. The route is much more fun than the boot path that goes almost to the top. Not much more than class 3 scrambling but it is sustained. There were a few spots with ice covering the rocks so we had to move carefully. The scramble route links up with the standard route near the top and becomes a boot path. The summit has two large areas to sit and distance while eating lunch. Beautiful views all around - we could see Baker, Glacier Peak, Adams, and Rainier. Heading off the summit is a bit slower moving as it is steep with some loose rock so you need to make sure your feet are planted. It'll give you a knee/thigh work out as your brace yourself. Be very careful of rock fall heading down we experienced two close calls and there were not that many groups out. We headed back along the standard commonwealth basin trail easy moving with no issues. Great trip!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jacob Whitbeck
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