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Ascent of Buckhorn Mountain on 2015-09-12

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Saturday, September 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Buckhorn Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6988 ft / 2129 m

Ascent Trip Report

Excellent weekend for a backpacking trip to Camp Mystery, Marmot Pass, and Buckhorn Mountain!

We started from the Upper Big Quilcene River trailhead at about 11am on Saturday. Had a warm, sweaty hike up to Camp Mystery where we unloaded gear, made camp, refilled water, and had lunch before continuing on to the pass. Trail is in great shape (THANK YOU WTA!!); there were a few blowdowns that were easily bypassed and some shallow water crossings, but no real obstructions on the route.

After lunch, we continued on up to Marmot Pass where we had another brief rest before continuing on to our objective: the 6,988 ft summit of Buckhorn Mountain. There's no "official" trail to the top of Buckhorn, but the boot path is well established and easy to follow-- just keep going UP! Seriously, we were already kind of worn out from hiking up to the pass, but things didn't really start getting steep until the point where the Buckhorn Mountain boot path takes off from the main trail. Conditions were perfect, though: bright, sunny, and warm but with a nice breeze.

We enjoyed amazing views from the summit of Buckhorn, then a more pleasant downhill walk back to Camp Mystery. The camp was busy (I'm guessing at least 20 other individuals in small groups) but not crowded. Fresh water was available in the shallow stream that runs alongside the camp.

The weather turned cloudy overnight and the hike out the next day was much cooler than the hike in had been, but we didn't see any rain until the drive home. Great trip!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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