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.
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.
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.
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.
Good workout and scramble. The peak is a great place to hang around at looking down. Or in any other direction.
Really fun scramble.
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.
Beautiful, sunny, January day.
Awesome view looking down toward I90. Fortunately no rain or the upper section would have been not cross-able without protection.
Nice workout with nice shot of Rainier.
scramble to the top with scary for some reason
Great hike and great views.
Did this a few times and always enjoyed it immensely. A real treat
My favorite day hike in the area. lots of fun
This is a great training hike with the added bonus of a fun, exposed scramble at the top.
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.
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.
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.
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!