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setrentRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: 12 Aug, 2003  Sucess!
A few exposed class three moves, but the view at the summit was well worth it.
Posted Dec 26, 2005 9:42 pm

diceyRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: April 25, 2005
lot's of steep snow to contend with
Posted Sep 4, 2005 1:54 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: Mt Pugh Trail Date Climbed: Sept 1989  Sucess!
A couple of hairy places above the pass but worth it.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 10:21 am

Darren LaramaRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: Late April 2005  Sucess!
What a great climb! From Stujack Pass onwards the snow conditions were fairly decent, and the views were magnificent. Every time I wanted to take a picture of Sloan I had to remind myself - it only gets better the higher up we go. From the summit we watched the whole western horizon slowly fill up with clouds. By the time they had flooded the valleys between Pilchuck and Three Fingers we decided that it was time to climb down.



Nothing especially hairy about the climb, a few of the steep snow sections were pretty exposed and made for slow going.
Posted Apr 27, 2005 2:14 pm

sixsigmafoolRoute Climbed: Normla trail Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!
Waited almost a year to return, but it was worth it! An early start from Redmond had us on the trail by 8:30. Low clouds, but no rain and the promise of clearing as the day wore on. Four of us headed up, including my partner from last October. The trail is in great shape, with only one blowdown to climb over or around. Reached the lake in a little over an hour, and the clouds were keeping the mountain from view. Another hour or so, and it was time to climb to Stujack pass. At least we could see it and the ridge this time. The clouds came and went, giving us an occasional view of our goal. Much nicer and safer in the late summer without fresh snow. Some clearing as we approached the base got the others to thinking about family and other earthly things. When we reached the small ridge above the head of the glacier, they decided they didn't like the looks of the scramble ahead. Twenty minutes later I reached the summit, 4hours, 8 minutes total. Views were still poor, but I made it! A long break at the campsite near the hoist to enjoy the views and the goat below us, and then back to the car. 9 hours R/T.
Posted Sep 10, 2004 12:44 am

jtostenrRoute Climbed: North Ridge / Stujack Pass Date Climbed: July 11, 2004  Sucess!

jtostenr

This was the first time I had been up to Mt Pugh and it was not what I had expected. I really thought the hike up to the base of the pass was going to be more difficult. It was a lot of fun and let me keep some energy for the climb to the summit. The scramble to the top was great, but the exposure freaked me out a little. You would have to be crazy to try that in the winter. All in all, this was a great hike with some of the best views I have ever seen.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 1:00 am

jasonconnellRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: July 5th 2004  Sucess!

jasonconnell

Great Hike. 3:10 minutes trailhead to summit - long nap on summit then back down in about 2.5 hours. Awesome views of Glacier Peak. Small patches of snow are still hanging around. brought ice axe and crampons but needed neither.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 12:20 pm

sixsigmafoolRoute Climbed: Standard trail Date Climbed: October 12, 2003
Well, the summer had to finally end. Only problem was, I picked that weekend to attempt Mt Pugh. Arrived at the trailhead at 7:30 AM. Raining, foggy, very overcast. On the plus side, the gate to the forest road was open. The trail is in great shape! Nice and gentle all the way to the base of Stujack Pass. Saw the first snow around 4500', but still only about 4" all the way to the pass. A little route finding at the base, and we were on our way up. Reached the pass in just under 3 hours, and the weather hadn't improved. Windy at the pass, with limited visibility. Headed up the ridge toward Mt Pugh, following what we thought was the trail when possible, making it up when we had to. Eventually regained the trail, and followed it to the knife edge ridge. The snow was now about 12" deep, more or less. Eventually lost the trail, and with limited visibility, decided we went far enough for today. Right around 6300', a little past the winch. Four hours from the trailhead. Can't wait to get back. It was a very enjoyable trail.
Posted Oct 13, 2003 11:53 pm

leftfieldRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: September 26, 2003  Sucess!

leftfield

Returned after being weathered off in June. Much cooler climb than i expected. Fun, easy scramble with just enough exposure to keep it interesting. Great views and "stay there indefinitely" summit weather.
Posted Sep 29, 2003 11:47 pm

sprossedaRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 15, 2000  Sucess!

sprosseda

Very enjoyable day hike and scramble of 10 miles and 5,000 vertical feet. Sloan looks like a splinter in the sky from this perspective! Glacier peak looks great too.

Posted Sep 10, 2003 11:16 am

pauleRoute Climbed: North Ridge / Stujack Pass Date Climbed: September 6, 2003  Sucess!

paule

After summitting Mt. Forgotten the weekend before, Pugh was calling me back again, and I couldn't resist. The weather was pretty hot, but some questionable clouds started rolling in with the increased wind, and cooled things off. The clouds continued on to the north without dropping any water or lightening, but I didn't want to press my luck with the darker clouds coming in behind them.



Great views all around, but there was a major fire that looked like it was somewhere between Leavenworth and the SE side of Glacier Peak. Very few people on the mountain. Leaves are really starting to come down, and looks like this day might be one of the last hot, dry days for a while. Pugh is such a blast.
Posted Sep 8, 2003 12:33 pm

pauleRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge / Stujack Pass Date Climbed: June 8th, 2003  Sucess!

paule

Beautiful day for climbing. Most peaks were clear and viewable except for Glacier Peak and Big Four Mountain. It was extremely hot, early on from Lake Matan up to the basin meadows. From there, we had a very welcomed cool breeze. For some reason, as we headed through the col, it felt very hot again. I knew getting acclimated to the heat of the area's first summer heat wave of the year would be added challenge. We were sweating like pigs and moving at a snails pace at this point. This was the most difficult part of the climb for me.



Once we gained the ridge just below Stujack Pass, we took a brief break, and watched a dramatic avalanche come off the butte above the basin on the north side. Climbing through Stujack Pass with the current snow conditions was very tricky and had lots of exposure. One slip here would mean certain death, due to massive rock below and deep snow cracks in the basin below, without any run out of any kind. So... the nice, trivial kicked in steps I made suddenly became non-trivial. After crossing the adrenaline charged traverse, we found the steep summit ridge was considerable safer. We enjoyed great views of Sloan, Bedal Peak, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Shuksan. Two quarts of extremely cold water and two pints of frozen yogurt was our motivation and reward for getting down.



Based on the transitioning snow conditions of Stujack Pass, I would recommend waiting about two more weeks before attempting this one again. Sometime around then, Stujack Pass should be much safer.
Posted Jun 9, 2003 2:19 pm

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: North Ridge via Stujack Pass Date Climbed: November 30, 2002  Sucess!

scot\'teryx

Road is gated at Mtn Loop Highway 1.5 miles to TH, bring bikes for an easier descent Trail is nice all the way up to stujack pass, then once on the other side of the ridge there is solid snow that is hard and requires crampons and ice axe. Even the higher south east facing slopes had some snow on them which made the scramble to the summit a little more interesting. 13 miles RT little under 5 hours to summit, 2.5 down
Posted Dec 7, 2002 9:00 pm

rpcRoute Climbed: via Stujack Pass Date Climbed: 9/22/02  Sucess!

rpc

Great hike in perfect weather. Despite what the people we met on the way up thought, the dog had no problems whatsoever with this hike. Spacious summit and excellent views of Glacier, Baker, and Rainier + others of course.
Posted Sep 23, 2002 9:16 am

leejamsRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: August 4 2001  Sucess!

leejams

Hike time Round trip 10.5 hours. Me and Neika (malamute) went up to the summit, and she made it this time. A few years earlier when she was a pup had to turn back on the ridge as there was a large rock block she could not get up. This time however, she made it with a bit of pulling and pushing haha. No bug's, no snow, plenty of wildflowers. On the descent neika stopped on the trail ahead of me and cocked her head funny and down below us a baby bear cub scampered straight up a large pine tree, being instructed by her mom below. We quickly left them alone and continued on. Limited people and on a Saturday only saw 3 other's.
Posted Sep 9, 2002 11:39 pm

magellanRoute Climbed: main Date Climbed: august 28. 1999  Sucess!

magellan

Well graded and well maintained. The miles fly by. Not enough views at Stujack pass, must continue to the top. It's a little scrambly and airy, but only briefly. A yellow cloud hid the summit. Lightining? But it broke as we approached, giving an outstanding view of Darrington Ranger District. Sloane and Glacier Peak were spectacular. The mountain stands apart with a lot of straight down views. Approximately 10 miles R/T, 5300' gain, four hours up, two and a half down.
Posted Aug 26, 2002 9:32 pm

Joe HanssenRoute Climbed: Standard-West Date Climbed: Summer '95  Sucess!

Joe Hanssen

Easy hike to the top, and one of the greatest vantage points of Glacier Peak.
Posted Jul 29, 2002 8:50 am

ClimbLerRoute Climbed: Northwest ridge Date Climbed: July 5, 2002  Sucess!
This became our back-up climb when the road leading to three fingers was washed out with over 4 miles remaining to the trail-head. Beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. Fairly cold in the early morning with dense forest blocking all warmth from the sun below 4200 feet. We lost the trail in the numerous snowfields leading up to the summit but we were able to follow several lines of foot prints leading up. surprisingly, we were the only people on the mountain that day considering that it was the day after the 4th of July which many people have off. It was a very nice hike up to Metam lake and beyond to the snowfields. the snowfields were still iced-over from the night before, and easy to walk on. the route followed many switch-backs up to Stujack Pass just above 5700 ft, which offered an amazing view of the surrounding peaks to the north and south. following up the northwest ridge which became razor thin with a dropoff to the south looking over the basin towards the road and the small glacier to the north that presented a view of mt Baker. We followed the small scrambler's trail that led through class 2/3 scrambling over large boulders and talus and small snowfields that led to the summit. spectacular views in all directions. with clear skies we were able to see the entire expanse of the Cascade range including the snowcapped peaks of BC's Coastal Range far beyond Baker to the north.
Posted Jul 6, 2002 10:09 am

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge #644 Date Climbed: 08/25/01  Sucess!

scot\'teryx

Beautiful Day, no clouds, and the bugs were on vacation. Great hike up to metan lake, then the switchbacks up to Stujack Pass were great. Some overgrown shrubery up to the pass, and then some nice exposure along the ridge towards the summit. Left the trailhead at 815am, and made it to the summit at 12 noon. Hung out on top for about 1 hour and soaked in too many rays, and then descended down the long arduous trail. 5.3 miles one way, and 5000 vertical feet. It's a grind, but well worth it. Can't wait to hit this in the winter!
Posted Aug 26, 2001 11:31 pm

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