Ascent of McDonald Mountain on 2017-03-23

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, March 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McDonald Mountain
    Elevation:3570 ft / 1088 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not a bad hike with a very low volume of people considering how close it is to Seattle. I misjudged the snow conditions and did not bring snowshoes. An outing the previous week was above the snow line, and cold temps produced hard consolidated snow. The snow line here was encountered right around 2600'. Even though it was below freezing the night before, it was not enough to prevent post-holing. For several stretches, I was over my ankles in snow. I did discover the ridge holds much less snow than the logging roads north of it. In many places, the ridge was completely snow free. Overall, the hike was slog, but I was rewarded with some beautiful views of Rainier.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3553 ft / 1082 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3553 ft / 1082 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3059 ft / 932 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2565 ft / 782 m; Extra: 494 ft / 150m
    Loss on way in:494 ft / 150 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Logging Roads
    Start Trailhead:1005 ft / 306 m
    Time:2 Hours 34 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3059 ft / 932 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2565 ft / 782 m; Extra: 494 ft / 150m
    Gain on way out:494 ft / 150 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Logging Roads
    End Trailhead:1005 ft / 306 m
    Time:2 Hours 4 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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