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Ascent of Echo Rock on 2016-08-06

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Saturday, August 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Echo Rock
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7870 ft / 2398 m

Ascent Trip Report

Scrambling trip to the summit of Echo Rock via Knapsack Pass and returning to Mowich Lake on the Spray Park trail.

We started out from Mowich Lake at about 08:30 on a Saturday morning. The parking lot was already nearly full when we arrived, and getting busier every minute. Luckily the route that we had selected, up and over Knapsack Pass, had very little traffic. There were a few muddy spots and some bugs, but no real obstacles. Coming down from Knapsack and heading towards the Spray Park trail, we had to do a bit of route finding through boulder fields and cross a few snow patches.

Once we hit the Spray Park trail, it was easy going (and a lot more foot traffic): the well-maintained route was like a backcountry highway compared to the boot track we had used to get there! We followed the trail to another boot path that took off towards Echo and Observation rocks. More boulders, scree, and snow on this route, but it wasn't too difficult to find the right path-- especially since we could see our destination in the distance most of the time. We had to ascend a couple of fairly steep snowfields, and broke out our ice axes at this point (mostly to justify carrying them that far). The snow was fairly soft; crampons weren't necessary.

At the ridge above the last snowfield we made a left turn towards Echo Rock. Lots of loose volcanic rock and some solid rock scrambling up about another 300 vertical feet got us to the summit. After a well deserved break, we backtracked our route to the Spray Park trail and then it all the way back to Mowich Lake. It was a pretty long, tiring day-- but we lucked out with good weather, awesome views, and a spectacular display of wildflowers just about everywhere. Good stuff!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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