Ascent of McClellan Butte on 2017-05-28

Climber: Jason Santos

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:McClellan Butte
    Elevation:5162 ft / 1573 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lots of snow still on the trail after the set of tight switchbacks. Used microspikes, axe, and liberal checking of my GPS before just deciding to head straight up and over the ridge. Prolly more work that way as I had to downclimb the other side to get to the "trail." East-facing snow was soft, so steps were easy to kick. West-side snow was a big ol' bowl of mush and was a pain to navigate. Summit scramble is clear, and only a few patches of snow on the top. Coming down, I just downclimbed east off the saddle and used the large snowfields to plunge-step/involuntary glissade/swear induce my way back down to the trail. 3.25 hours up (snow is slow-going), 1.25 back down.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes

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