Ascent of McClellan Butte on 2015-06-05

Climber: Ryan Kusche

Date:Friday, June 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McClellan Butte
    Elevation:5162 ft / 1573 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this as an evening hike after work during the long early summer days. Raced up I90 and took exit 38, then Homestead Valley Rd past Olallie SP till it turns of onto FR 9020 - this goes up and eventually crosses the McClellan Trail which gets me 700 feet higher than the normal TH.

Really went up this one fast as I didn't know if I wanted to try to make it down before dark or if I just wanted to catch the sunset at the top. I even had thought before of going over to the less traveled Mount Kent with it's Alice Lakes, but that could wait for another day.

Cool views across the valleys. Mt Rainier as you reach the bend. Mosquitoes were kind of an annoyance up at that point. The summit block is exactly as described by many - not hard or necessarily scary but do not fall - it might be 1000 ft before you stop. Views were great. Setting sun cast McClellan's pointy shadow on Humpback. Was a perfectly clear night with an orange sunset right over the northern Olympics, silhouetting a tiny Seattle against the Puget Sound. Took some great photos and looked at Alpine Lakes Wilderness peaks peaking over and then began down. Trail ran off/on down. Remember timing my descent at just under an hour and my legs thanking me for the great workout the following day.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3610 ft / 1100 m
    Extra Gain:224 ft / 68 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Trailhead:2000 ft / 609 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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