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Ascent of Purcell Mountain on 2012-07-06

Climber: Ken Russell

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Purcell Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5442 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

A snowbank stopped our vehicles at the 4350 elevation on Road 63. We hiked 63 and spur 102 around to the SW side of Purcell. From there we climbed a steep grassy slope to the S ridge near the junction of the 284 and 285 trails. Both appear to be abandoned. We followed the trail toward the summit until it disappeared under snow. We continued up to the summit and a fantastic view on this day.

Adams, Hood, St. Helens, and Rainier all visible along with High Rock, Storm King, Elbert, the Goat Rocks, and a thousand more summits. On the way down, we took the east slope but I would not recommend it. Steep and brushy with hidden drop offs.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1452 ft / 441 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1452 ft / 442 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1332 ft / 405 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1092 ft / 333 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:SW side
    Start Trailhead:Road 63 snow bank  4350 ft / 1325 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1212 ft / 369 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1092 ft / 333 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:East side
    End Trailhead:Road 63 snow bank  4350 ft / 1325 m



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