McClellan Butte Climber's Log

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breauxtrahn - Dec 8, 2010 9:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2004

shady snow  Sucess!

Up on the ridge some snow on steep areas was slushy and troublesome. The scramble is super easy but pretty exposed.

Bryan K

Bryan K - Aug 18, 2010 11:00 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2010

Don't goof  Sucess!

If you slip on the scramble part you'll end up like hamburger when they find your body down below!

Cascade Scrambler

Cascade Scrambler - Jul 28, 2010 12:35 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010

Easy hike  Sucess!

This is an easy, laid back hike. The first time Rainier pops out, it feels as if you can almost reach out and touch it. My personal opinion is that the scramble up the summit block from the standard route is overhyped. Also, do yourself a favor and park on FS9020, unless you're using this for conditioning.


EastKing - Jul 14, 2010 1:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2010

Getting more comfortable scrambling  Sucess!

Happy to say that I actually summited this peak. I'm not the best scrambler in the world but I mastered this one. No lose rocks and the handholds and footholds are there. It is just that one short section that is the real challenge. Just don't make a mistake!!!!


Boonie1 - Jul 13, 2010 11:21 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

Scramble  Sucess!

Scrambling up is always funner than down.
Very few people on the trail for an I-90 corridor hike.


RokIzGud - Mar 22, 2010 12:28 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2010

North Face Fail

We tried a winter asent of the North Face and failed 50 vertical feet from the summit. We brought a rack and screws but couldnt find placment at the top.


Darren9 - Nov 7, 2009 2:44 am

many times  Sucess!

climbed it many times with friends and even the Boy Scouts, all in winter. We had good weather which made it nice. Actually, we were lucky.


ericwillhite - Oct 8, 2009 4:15 am Date Climbed: May 27, 1992

After School  Sucess!

Went up after school. Here are the pictures


snowclimber12 - Sep 25, 2009 10:03 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2009

fun hike  Sucess!

good hike, quite steep for a while, and a fun scramble to the summit. great views from the top.


skook - Aug 31, 2009 5:38 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2005

Great for training  Sucess!

Nice trail with a good scramble to keep it interesting. Good training day hike. Too bad it was so cloudy that day.


Redwic - Aug 17, 2009 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009

A lot of natural handholds, but...  Sucess!

... the final summit block took me by surprise. I would have been more comfortable if I had not been solo, but I persevered. One small slip, and I would have been a goner. The trail, however, was awesome. I loved seeing the old-growth trees; some of the largest I have ever seen in Washington are on this mountain. There was a small family of mountain goats (one mother, three babies) at the summit, which darted away before I could take a photo of them. Some fresh cougar tracks were near the summit, as well.


WeatherMan - Jul 22, 2009 12:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

Good quick-trip  Sucess!

Nice trainig climb with a fun scramble section at the top. Nothing much scarrier than Si for example, but a bit more exposed.


farrisgl - Mar 4, 2009 1:07 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1990

Outstanding view of the I90 corridor  Sucess!

Hiked this on a really clear Pacific Northwest day in the late afternoon. The view off the top of the butte provided a strikingly good look down on I90.


Curtissimo - Dec 20, 2008 5:21 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2005

with Magellan  Sucess!

scramble is pretty easy in dry weather (not for kids though)


TheBootfitter - Nov 17, 2008 7:53 pm Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2008

Solo via Trail #1015  Sucess!

Good training hike, though nothing extraordinary about the hike itself. The scramble at the top definitely got my attention! Though technically quite easy (class 2-3), the exposure is pretty significant. It took me a few moments to gather my courage and get to the top. Great views on a mostly clear day! I saw Baker, Glacier, Stuart, Rainier & Adams!


gimpilator - Nov 16, 2008 10:43 pm Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2008

Busy busy  Sucess!

Good to be back. This was an unofficial OSAT trip. There were about 8 of us in our group and a total of 21 people and 4 dogs on the summit.

bgratias - Oct 29, 2008 4:42 pm

Better than Si  Sucess!

The drive is a little longer than for Mt. Si, but it is worth it because it is a longer hike with fewer people.


lukic - Oct 1, 2008 11:15 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2008

Nice hike  Sucess!

Nice conditioning hike with a little scramble at the end.


Jer - Aug 19, 2008 3:18 pm

Great hike close to Seattle  Sucess!

Great day hike with good views. The scramble at the end gets you clear of the trees for good views.


bmwboarder7 - Jul 22, 2008 12:05 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008

Sweet hike and scramble  Sucess!

All around a good hike. There were lots of mosquitos, and even in late July there was more snow then I planned on, making the last little bit quite fun, but otherwise good. The weather was great, the scramble was fun and not too hard, though I agree there is some definite exposure. Also saw several Pileated Woodpeckers, probably the most I've ever seen in one place. No mtn goats though sadly.

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