Ascent of Belknap Crater on 2012-11-06
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, November 6, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6872 ft / 2094 m|
Ascent Trip Report Only one little patch of snow where the trail was shaded by lava.
Approached Belknap from the SE; could see 3 trails to choose from.
I couldn't see where the zigzag one on the right led to, so I went left. The far left one was a bit steeper and appeared to get used less, so I took the middle one. Had solid footing on the cinders until the steeper section halfway.
Good views all around from the top. Too bad many of the Cascade Crest features line up too well at this spot. The Three Sisters block everything to the south, with Middle Sister obscuring all but the west side of the rim and slope of South Sister. And to the north, Mt Washington completely blocks Mt Jefferson. Mt Jefferson can be seen from the lower summit to the NE, which also has a wind shelter.
From the NE summit, took the trail down heading north then northeast. It gets used a lot less than the two on the other side. The first 100ft down was quite steep and loose; easy going down, but up not so fun. It wrapped around the bowl on the northeast side, where it faded for a while, but I eventually found the zigzag trail that finished on the SE side. Along the way, I went off course to look in the two scatter cones on the NE side. Not a lot to see.
Rejoined the PCT and headed for Little Belknap. On the way up, you'll see a couple cave-like openings on the left. The first one is a collapsed lava tube; nothing spectacular. The second one is worth a look though. Appears to be a lava vent with a pit that looked at least 50ft deep. Didn't get close enough to the edge to see if I could see the bottom.
A nice fall day for this hike. Wouldn't want to be on this black lava for several hours in the middle of summer.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1858 ft / 565 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||939 ft / 286 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.6 mi / 7.4 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1702 ft / 518 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1649 ft / 503 m; Extra: 53 ft / 16m|
| Loss on way in:||53 ft / 16 m|
| Distance:||3.1 mi / 5 km|
| Route:||southeast side|
| Start Trailhead:||McKenzie Pass Trailhead 5223 ft / 1591 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 32 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||886 ft / 270 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 730 ft / 222 m; Extra: 156 ft / 47m|
| Gain on way out:||156 ft / 47 m|
| Distance:||1.5 mi / 2.4 km|
| Route:||north side to two spatter cones|
| End Trailhead:||PCT - Little Belknap junction 6142 ft / 1872 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 11 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Belknap Crater (0 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 2096 ft / 639 m Total Trip Loss: 2096 ft / 639 m
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