Ascent of Broken Top on 2015-08-16
|Others in Party:||James R|
|Date:||Sunday, August 16, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9175 ft / 2796 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe third time was the charmed one for me, of course it also helps to not attempt this in October. We hiked in Saturday afternoon and found a campsite at the northern end of the Green Lakes basin. Extra gain on ascent is primarily from a sunset hike to the saddle north of Green Lakes, where we had a grand view of the alpenglow on the northern Oregon stratovolcanoes (and Adams). We carried in light and bivied, then broke camp about 7:30 Sunday morning and made our way back to the climbers' path; we stashed our overnight gear near the junction and made our way up in great time.
It was mostly class 3 once on the ridge, with some class 4 and a very short vertical rock climb near top, 10-20' of 5.6 and then short low-5th class (~5.2) to summit. I down-climbed a chossy 5.7 with a hand-line (missed my original 'chink'), then directed William and James to a 5.7 farther north with better holds and rock.
We had the summit block entirely to ourselves for about 1.5 hours.
Distance from Green Lakes TH to Green Lakes is approx 4.3mi, and then approx 2 miles to the summit.
Like so many other Oregon peaks, the ratings/reviews for this mountain are generally sandbagged - yes it's mostly a scramble, but just because the class 5 is short (and sparse) doesn't mean it's not class 5. Bring a rope to rappel or use as a hand-line if nothing else; a fall from a slip or a loose hold coming off could easily be fatal.
Helmet recommended for loose rock (and pulling rope), even if forgoing harnesses.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4285 ft / 1305 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||4285 ft / 1305 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||15.5 mi / 24.9 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 5.6|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb|
| Gear Used:||Rope, Ski Poles, Bivouac|
| Nights Spent:||1 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||4235 ft / 1290 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3735 ft / 1138 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m|
| Loss on way in:||500 ft / 152 m|
| Distance:||9 mi / 14.5 km|
| Route:||NW Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Green Lakes TH 5440 ft / 1658 m|
| Time:||7 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||3785 ft / 1153 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 3735 ft / 1138 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m|
| Gain on way out:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||6.5 mi / 10.5 km|
| Route:||NW Ridge|
| End Trailhead:||Green Lakes TH 5440 ft / 1658 m|
| Time:||3 Hours |
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