Ascent of Mount Pugh on 2013-07-21

Climber: Kyle Bretherton

Date:Sunday, July 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Pugh
    Elevation:7201 ft / 2194 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Pugh is one of those trips that just make me love mountain climbing. A relatively nicely graded trail is followed by a fun, but not scary, scramble. The reward for your mile of vertical gain? A summit with an insane viewshed stretching from Adams to the Olympics to Glacier Peak to Baker. There were some bugs on the entire mountain, worst from 4000-6500 feet (fortunately the bugs weren't bad at lake Metan, which seems as if it would be a bug breeding ground in the right season). After seeing the descriptions of the scramble online, I found it to be rather underwhelming. Most of the trip from Stujack Pass to the summit is on a decent trail and there are ways around all remaining snow patches. It is sprinkled with areas where hands are required, but none have bad exposure. If you really want a thrill, try stradling the summit's highest rock (not for the faint of heart). There are no water sources along the trail unless you trust the creeks between the TH and Lake Metan.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5484 ft / 1671 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Mt. Pugh Trail
    Trailhead:Mt. Pugh Trailhead  1917 ft / 584 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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