Ascent of Purcell Mountain on 2007-11-03

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Saturday, November 3, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Purcell Mountain
    Elevation:5442 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

This would be a good snow climb in the spring. In the fall it is a wet moderate bushwhack. The standard trail route was not accessible in 2007 due to road washouts (it may have been repaired since, I don't know). Therefore the closest access is from NE of the peak at a saddle along Road 4730. From here it is a bushwhack up 400 feet to another road. The map shows this as fairly gentle but it is actually several steep areas mixed with flat terraces. I followed an older overgrown spur that sort of paralleled the road shown on the map a little bit to the N. Then walked the road west to another saddle. From here I headed south and quickly left the road. This was standard cascades slopes. Beware of short but pesky cliffs especially along the north ridge. The top is fairly open and remains of a lookout can be found at the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1642 ft / 500 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:FS Road 4730  4000 ft / 1219 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast

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