Ascent of Hex Mountain on 2021-05-30

Climber: Molly Murray

Date:Sunday, May 30, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hex Mountain
    Elevation:5034 ft / 1534 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail begins on a wide gravel / dirt road and you begin to gain elevation immediately. After about a mile on the gravel path, you turn off to the right on a smaller trail, continuing to gain elevation steadily. The trail follows a ridge line with the lake to your left. Tons of wildflowers up there right now. Really cool contrast with the wildfire remains.

After another mile, you reach a gravel road again and hop on it just for a moment before returning to a small footpath into the trees. At this point, the shade begins. However, for the first 2 miles or so there is no tree cover so on a sunny day, it will be hot and unforgiving. The brush gets thicker in the last mile and the slight temperature dip was a nice break for our pup. There is no snow on the trail at all. Very small patches in the woods that was also very nice for the pup. You reach the summit on your left at about 3.5 miles. Hex south summit is a few hundred feet further down the trail. A couple of groups at the top at midday (no surprise) but still possible to have your own slice of solitude. Great 360° views from the top. Rainier, the Stuart range and deep into the alpine lakes all visible on a clear day.
Fun hike for just an easy day! Simple and quick.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2634 ft / 802 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2634 ft / 802 m
    Start Trailhead:2400 ft / 731 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 3 Minutes

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