Ascent of Mount Muller on 2014-06-26

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, June 26, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Muller
    Elevation:3748 ft / 1142 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a great hike in many ways. Not many Washington prominence peaks are a simple hike on a well-maintained trail with great views and feature no bushwhacking, scrambling, routefinding issues, treacherous terrain, or need for technical gear.

I did the full loop hike clockwise. There was morning fog in the valley, but when I climbed up to 3000 feet the views opened up. Snowfields on Olympus were visible but it was pretty cloudy over the main high peaks. Otherwise views were quite nice on the south-facing flower meadow portions of the trail along the long ridge, and the forest was pleasant and cool. The trail was in great shape--it's used by equestrians and mountain bikers--and I made good time.

My only minor quibbles with the hike were, first, that the trail offered no good views to the north towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, due to heavy forest on that side of the ridge. Also, the last leg of the loop paralleling the highway was a long, long slog that got kind of boring as the trail meandered randomly through flat forest for mile after mile, in close earshot to nearby cars and trucks. The trail even goes along a paved logging road for a stretch.

My recommendation is that if you are mainly interested in Muller's summit, hike just the western side of the loop, go about 1/4 mile east of the summit for nice views of Lake Crescent, and then return the way you came. Or, stash a bicycle near BM 1059 on US 101 (where the paved logging road comes out) for a quick return to your car. Some people (not me) might even consider hiking the wide shoulder of the highway for 2 miles back to the standard trailhead, instead of the meandering trail, to save time and distance.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3278 ft / 998 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3278 ft / 998 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.7 mi / 20.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Fog in valleys
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3198 ft / 974 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2698 ft / 822 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Muller Loop Tr
    Start Trailhead:Muller TH  1050 ft / 320 m
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2778 ft / 846 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2698 ft / 822 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.8 km
    Route:Muller Loop Tr
    End Trailhead:Muller TH  1050 ft / 320 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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