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huskertriguyIndian Summer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2017


Got a late start. Reports in earlier October of snow at the top no longer accurate as it all melted off. However, wind really picks up at the summit which made the class 3-4 scramble slightly more dicey.

Watched sunset from summit and descended all by my lonesome with only the sounds of I-90 to accompany me.

Distances on this hike are off. From lower trailhead to summit is closer to 5.6 miles. Made it from car to summit in 3 hours. Descended in 2.5 hours.
Posted Oct 28, 2017 8:07 pm

molshausEndless switchbacks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2017
It's a long slog up McClellan, but worth it. Great views of the I-90 corridor. The scramble is a bit exposed, but very easy.
Posted Jul 23, 2017 4:39 am

seanoPM jaunt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2016


Afternoon activity on a cloudy day along I-90. The peak is a lot like Mt. Si, with ~3k gain and a short summit scramble, which is a bit trickier when wet.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 6:01 pm

BKWMorning Jaunt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2016


This was a nice morning jaunt we got in before the rain set in. It's a good hike for packing in elevation gain plus enough intrigue to keep it interesting.
For how much complaining I've heard about the scramble, it is not that exposed and almost entirely class 2.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 10:05 am

seanpeckhamfun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2015


Good workout and scramble. The peak is a great place to hang around at looking down. Or in any other direction.
Posted Sep 6, 2015 2:02 pm

BooRadleyMcClellan Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2014


Really fun scramble.
Posted Jul 20, 2015 11:10 pm

awilsondcDid it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2015


Standard trail. Loved the scramble section, great rock... wish it was longer. Views were ok, but not the best. My GPS (which tends to underestimate) clocked this one as 5.2 mi one way with 3700 elevation via the standard trailhead. I was expecting it to be a little shorter, but it was a great conditioning hike. 4 1/2 hr car to car.
Posted Jun 27, 2015 9:43 pm

WalkoutnowThe Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2015


Beautiful, sunny, January day.
Posted Jan 14, 2015 10:46 am

farrisglGreat Hike close to Seattle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 1990


Awesome view looking down toward I90. Fortunately no rain or the upper section would have been not cross-able without protection.
Posted Sep 13, 2014 2:43 am

tcingrumbutte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014


Nice workout with nice shot of Rainier.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 12:01 pm

kylefroweexposed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2010
scramble to the top with scary for some reason
Posted Jan 6, 2013 11:28 am

kevinsaMcClellan Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1996


Great hike and great views.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 10:41 pm

JoelSkokPleasant, invigorating hike/scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 1979


Did this a few times and always enjoyed it immensely. A real treat
Posted Sep 15, 2012 9:04 pm

cthomsonWell worth it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012


Great times.
Posted Sep 7, 2012 3:06 am

sgilesgreat hike  Sucess!


My favorite day hike in the area. lots of fun
Posted Apr 14, 2012 1:56 pm

Jake RobinsonGood alternative to Si  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2010

Jake Robinson

This is a great training hike with the added bonus of a fun, exposed scramble at the top.
Posted Mar 19, 2012 2:21 am

juneauhiker3rd attempt  Sucess!


I'd climbed the North Gully to ~50 ft below the summit in January and then made another attempt via the summer route in March but turned back because of avalanche conditions, so the summit felt good even though the visibility was lousy. I enjoyed the trail and the summit scramble was fun.
Posted Feb 3, 2012 1:50 am

dan-oTrainer Plus  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2003


Fun conditioning hike with the bonus of a little scramble at the top. Always fun, though getting popular and crowded the last few times I've been up there.
Posted Aug 12, 2011 5:58 pm

Josh LewisSo close yet so far
Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2010

Josh Lewis

Tried doing the North Face but my partners were sketched out on some icy rock and such, we got about 50-100 feet from the summit.
Posted Jan 14, 2011 6:48 pm

lcarreauPerfect conditions..  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 1987


Sorry, but I can't see the reason for climbing it under icy conditions. I'll be honest.. it's scary enough under perfect
conditions, when the sun is shining & angels are singing.

Did it back in the 1980s with the Tacoma Mountaineers.

And, can't understand WHY they call it a "butte."
If you want to see a REAL butte, please come to Arizona!
Posted Dec 16, 2010 7:53 pm

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