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McClellan Butte Climber's Log
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|osatrik||Best of the Corridor |
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 1993
|Date is my first climb -- the year they were working on the Mt. Si trail and had it closed. I've hiked it at least once a year since then, and frequently several times a year. |
Of all the hikes along I-90 from Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass, this is the best for (1) easy access (2) good trail (3) nice views (4) pleasant scramble at the top.
Ever since they closed the old trail (bridge was wiped out by the creek in the 1990s) that followed an old wooden pipeline, and moved the trailhead to the current location, I've been torn between doing that, with the long traverse to the real trail, or going up the forest service road that cuts off the lower mile.
Hint -- if you go to the actual trailhead, take the old, overgrown road bed just below the forest service road for the traverse. Its much more pleasant thank hiking 3/8 mile on the gravel.
During the winter and spring you can cut off the large loop to the south by going up the steep avalanche gully if you are comfortable on steep (up to 45 degree) snow and alpine ice. Makes a great spring climb when the conditions are good, and was the way I climbed the mountain the first 3 or 4 times I did it.
|Posted Aug 26, 2006 4:36 pm|
|supermarmot||the gravel road killed it for me...|
|another reminder to stay north of I-90 i guess...|
|Posted Jul 9, 2006 6:58 am|
Date Climbed: May 21, 2006
|Encountered compact snow above 3500 feet making it impossible to follow the trail. Got turned around a few times but eventually came to the right side of the final scramble. This is the moment the weather chose to turn ugly. Rain with strong gusts almost turned me around but thoughts of the summit took me all the way. Be careful on those avalanche gullies. Next time I'll make sure to bring my axe.|
|Posted May 22, 2006 2:19 am|
|ren||Route Climbed: Standard 6/12/04 |
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2004
|I still want to do the North gully ascent. Waiting for the right conditions.|
|Posted Feb 16, 2006 1:53 am|
|agreenstreet||Route Climbed: Main Trail |
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2005
|Climbed by myself, didnt see a single person the entire way up, great views from the summit. High exposure scramble at the top was a nice finish to the hike.|
|Posted Feb 14, 2006 3:07 am|
|iluka||Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: November 20, 2005|
|A lot of time in the woods on the way to the top but a nice, short Class 2-3 scramble up the summit ridge at the end leads to a nice summit. Good idea to bring a scramble rope in case there's some ice, snow, or wet rock up top as the ridge has a fair degree of exposure.|
|Posted Nov 21, 2005 12:55 am|
|dyscti||Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: August 2004|
|Climbed this awhile ago and I can't remember much about it besides the fact that there was cell phone service on the summit, probably because of the proximity to I-90.|
|Posted Sep 21, 2005 12:19 am|
|pokeystik||Date Climbed: September 1999|
|I moved to Seattle in July and this was my first Washington hike (and only the fourth in my life). I went with my friend, Steve-o, who lied about the distance and elevation gain. I kept thinking... God, the trail feels longer than two miles... It took us something like 6 hours RT. I should really go back and try it again... I bet I could cut that time in half.|
|Posted Aug 10, 2005 11:56 pm|
|Robert D||Route Climbed: The trail Date Climbed: 8-02-2005|
|I just climbed the Mountain yesturday, with you Mr. Z. It was rather nice and sunny way up there... Got sun burned... but it was cool because you can see the sound, Mt. Si and many of the others on the I-90 corridor|
|Posted Aug 3, 2005 4:42 pm|
|seth||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 26, 2005|
|Nice cloudy day, but we managed to break through at the very top for a bit. We were the first ones on top that day, and passed 27 peoples on the way back down...|
|Posted Jun 27, 2005 9:18 pm|
|wildstar||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: June 16th 2005|
|Climbed with Skook on a very cloudy day. Good training hike.|
|Posted Jun 18, 2005 11:59 pm|
|Jeffrey Zickert||Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: 6-3-05|
|Very overcast day, no view at all. I'll have to go back when the clouds are no where to be found.|
|Posted Jun 3, 2005 6:03 pm|
|magellan||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: May 21, 2005|
|High clouds and cool breezes. Some new snow down to 4000'. The last 50' is a class 2/3 scramble with some exposure, but good handholds. It was dry today, or I probably would not have done it.|
|Posted May 21, 2005 9:28 pm|
|Eric Sandbo||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: July, 1965?|
|Maybe the first hike I ever did without a grownup along. I was 15, my friend Jim Steers was 13. His dad drove us to the TH from Bellevue and dropped us off to be picked up that afternoon. Hot, sunny day.|
|Posted Jan 28, 2005 1:09 am|
|Dundeel||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: 1980s|
|It's interesting to note, as you sit on the summit, watching hundreds of cars, trucks, and RVs pass below on I-90, that Col. McClellan reported (in the 1850s) he could find no reasonable road routes through the Cascade Mountains.|
|Posted Sep 23, 2004 12:20 am|
|sixsigmafool||Route Climbed: Standard Trail Date Climbed: June 6, 2004|
|Thought the snow would be gone enough to make the summit. It showed up around 4000', and remained the rest of the way. Decent steps until the West side of the ridge. Went astray followings footsteps up to the ridge. Eventually came back down to the meadow where the trail was picked up. Nice hike but long. 3 hours 42 minutes to the base of the scramble including the diversion. Not much in the way of views. Quite a few people passed on the way down.|
|Posted Jun 7, 2004 12:37 am|
|dmuja||Route Climbed: Standard, east side to south side then scramble to the top. Date Climbed: September 14th, 2003|
|One long approach! Wait for a clear day for sure. Exposure on the rock at the top so don't slip ;-)|
|Posted Mar 24, 2004 10:32 pm|
|jasonconnell||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: September 27th 2003|
|Only had time to do something around 1-90, never done the Butte before so I gave it a shot.|
Good trail, pretty boring really.
Final scramble made the lack of views on the way up worth it.
Topped out at 5:15pm and had the summit to myself.
Set a good pace but wasn't flying.
2:05 to the top - 3:55 r/t including lunch on the summit ;-)
Acording to the ranger it is 4.5 miles, I am inclined to believe that.
Scramble is class 2 with some serious exposure but the foot and hand holds are bomber.
|Posted Sep 28, 2003 12:51 am|
|sixsigmafool||Route Climbed: The Trail Date Climbed: September 21, 2003|
|Time for my semi-annual climb of this great local mountain. The trail is in great shape, and the weather was perfect. 2 hours 42 minutes to the top of the butte, where sunshine and fantastic views were enjoyed by all.|
|Posted Sep 22, 2003 8:21 am|
|sixsigmafool||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: December 21, 2002|
|The snow is back! The trail was snow-free until halfway up the switchbacks, and then gradually deepened the rest of the way. A well-broken trail allowed boot passage until we made the turn around the south end. Then the previous hiker lost his way and turned back, so we were breaking trail. Time for the snowshoes. The depth ranged from 12" to about 36". Nice day, but the visibility went to near zero as we summitted. 3 hours and 45 minutes to the top, 6 hours and 8 minute round trip. Only one other couple all day.|
|Posted Dec 22, 2002 9:15 am|