McClellan Butte Climber's Log

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huskertriguy

huskertriguy - Oct 28, 2017 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2017

Indian Summer  Sucess!

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.

molshaus - Jul 23, 2017 4:39 am Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2017

Endless switchbacks  Sucess!

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.

seano

seano - Jul 9, 2016 6:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2016

PM jaunt  Sucess!

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.

BKW

BKW - Jul 8, 2016 10:05 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2016

Morning Jaunt  Sucess!

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.

seanpeckham

seanpeckham - Sep 6, 2015 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2015

fun  Sucess!

Good workout and scramble. The peak is a great place to hang around at looking down. Or in any other direction.

BooRadley

BooRadley - Jul 20, 2015 11:10 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2014

McClellan Butte  Sucess!

Really fun scramble.

awilsondc

awilsondc - Jun 27, 2015 9:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2015

Did it  Sucess!

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.

Walkoutnow

Walkoutnow - Jan 14, 2015 10:46 am Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2015

The Butte  Sucess!

Beautiful, sunny, January day.

farrisgl

farrisgl - Sep 13, 2014 2:43 am Date Climbed: May 5, 1990

Great Hike close to Seattle  Sucess!

Awesome view looking down toward I90. Fortunately no rain or the upper section would have been not cross-able without protection.

tcingrum

tcingrum - Jul 5, 2014 12:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014

butte  Sucess!

Nice workout with nice shot of Rainier.

kylefrowe - Jan 6, 2013 11:28 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2010

exposed  Sucess!

scramble to the top with scary for some reason

kevinsa

kevinsa - Sep 17, 2012 10:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1996

McClellan Butte  Sucess!

Great hike and great views.

JoelSkok

JoelSkok - Sep 15, 2012 9:04 pm Date Climbed: May 7, 1979

Pleasant, invigorating hike/scramble  Sucess!

Did this a few times and always enjoyed it immensely. A real treat

cthomson

cthomson - Sep 7, 2012 3:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

Well worth it  Sucess!

Great times.

sgiles

sgiles - Apr 14, 2012 1:56 pm

great hike  Sucess!

My favorite day hike in the area. lots of fun

Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson - Mar 19, 2012 2:21 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2010

Good alternative to Si  Sucess!

This is a great training hike with the added bonus of a fun, exposed scramble at the top.

juneauhiker

juneauhiker - Feb 3, 2012 1:50 am

3rd 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.

dan-o

dan-o - Aug 12, 2011 5:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2003

Trainer Plus  Sucess!

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.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Jan 14, 2011 6:48 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2010

So close yet so far

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.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 16, 2010 7:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 1987

Perfect conditions..  Sucess!

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!

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