Ascent of Mount Pugh on 2017-08-11

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pugh
    Elevation:7201 ft / 2194 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail up Mt Pugh is arguably one of the nicest trails I've been on in WA. It's quite clear of rocks and well graded most of the way. Even if the trail is not officially maintained, you would not know it. This late in the summer it was entirely snow-free making for very easy going and negligible exposure.

I ascended the peak in the afternoon heat, but the old growth forest provided plenty of protection from the sun. There are a few sources of water along the way, but the last is Lake Metan, which is a rather still pond. From there you can see the ridge towering over it thousands of feet higher. Eventually, the trail puts out into open country due west of the ridge and the trail becomes rougher as it switches back up to the pass. Higher up I startled a few marmots that went nuts. The scramble section is quite short, maybe 70ft and there is no exposure to speak of. Things, of course, could be different earlier in the year when the ridge is covered in snow. The summit has what I can only assume are beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Despite the smoke, I could pick out Bonanza and Shuksan in the distance. I had the summit all to myself and enjoyed a leisurely descent extending into the evening.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5303 ft / 1616 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5303 ft / 1616 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.7 mi / 18.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5303 ft / 1616 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Mt Pugh TH  1898 ft / 578 m
    Time:2 Hours 9 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5303 ft / 1616 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    End Trailhead:Mt Pugh TH  1898 ft / 578 m
    Time:2 Hours 1 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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