Ascent of Clark Mountain on 2016-09-11

Climber: Fred Newman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clark Mountain
    Elevation:8602 ft / 2621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Up the White River Trail to Boulder Creek, then to Boulder Pass. Waited out a snowstorm right before stepping onto Walrus Glacier. Made my way to its upper reaches at 8200' and scrambled E ridge to the summit. Downclimbed the gullies on the west and traversed past 7970 to head up the SE ridge of Luanha. Easy scramble to summit. From summit reversed course briefly, then made a westward descending traverse across scree to a flat spot around 7000'. Moved south and downhill into blueberry fields, some light hedge navigation around 5600'. Continued down to a steep burned area from 5000' to 4000', found a place to cross Thunder Creek, and encountered an unmarked overgrown trail in the slide alder on the W side of the creek. That sucked for a while, then down through a briefly forested steeper section to reach the White River Trail. 2 miles of maddening bushwhacking through very overgrown trail, thimbleberries and slide alder in numerous avy chutes punctuated by blissful respite in short stretches of open forest. Somewhere around Boulder Creek the trail began to exhibit signs of a civilized influence. Very long day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6600 ft / 2011 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6600 ft / 2011 m
    Route:Walrus Glacier
    Start Trailhead:Grasshopper Meadows  2002 ft / 610 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Clark-Luanha

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Clark Mountain2016-09-11 a6600 ft / 2012 m
2Luahna Peak2016-09-11 b800 ft / 244 m
Total Trip Gain: 7400 ft / 2256 m

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