McClellan Butte Climber's Log

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Dan Winter

Dan Winter - Jun 6, 2008 5:10 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2000

standard route  Sucess!

I have been up this a number of times. Turned back on one attempt because of rhime ice on the final scramble part. Everyone I know calls this mountain McClellans Butt!


Doehle - Sep 25, 2007 5:40 pm Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2006

Good Conditioner  Sucess!

Nice scramble at the top


pkrebs - Aug 20, 2007 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

Main Trail  Sucess!

Good conditioning hike, very similar to Mt. Si but a little longer. Short scramble to the top was fun.


Krylon - May 24, 2007 6:12 pm


Been up there four or five times. Never the scramble to the summit though


nodbod - Jan 19, 2007 10:45 pm

Fun Hike  Sucess!

Hiked it many times with DAF... Fun little scramble at the top. Good if you want to avoid the crowds on Si...


RdyHiker - Dec 20, 2006 10:13 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2006

Mountain Goats on this Side of the Pass!  Sucess!

And would you believe neither my hiking partner nor I brought our cameras that day?! Two goats - they looked to be young'ens - stared down at us as we rounded the last corner. We were not the only hikers amazed to see them there. The other handful of people on the trail were as stunned and excited as we were. Terrific day, aside from the goats, also- perfect weather, great new hiking buddy and a good workout. I like this trail despite the grim trek up the road at the start. I'll like it even more when the very latest newly blazed section, bypassing the road, opens soon.


larryN - Dec 4, 2006 3:56 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2005

Good alternative to Mt Si  Sucess!

Like others have said, be careful at the top. After hiking on a trail for the entire approach, the final scramble exposure gets your attention.

Kyle Bissell

Kyle Bissell - Nov 12, 2006 7:27 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2006

beast hike

Made it to the base of the summit scramble with about 1.5 hours of daylight left... decided to wait until a day with more time. New trail reworking by the WTA is wonderful, however it does make the hike about 10-15 minutes longer.


osatrik - Aug 26, 2006 4:36 pm Date Climbed: Mar 27, 1993

Best of the Corridor  Sucess!

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.


supermarmot - Jul 9, 2006 6:58 am

the gravel road killed it for me...  Sucess!

another reminder to stay north of I-90 i guess...


gimpilator - May 22, 2006 2:19 am Date Climbed: May 21, 2006

Bushwhacking  Sucess!

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.


ren - Feb 16, 2006 1:53 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2004

Route Climbed: Standard 6/12/04  Sucess!

I still want to do the North gully ascent. Waiting for the right conditions.


agreenstreet - Feb 14, 2006 3:07 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2005

Route Climbed: Main Trail  Sucess!

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.


iluka - Nov 21, 2005 12:55 am

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: November 20, 2005  Sucess!

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.


dyscti - Sep 21, 2005 12:19 am

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

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.


pokeystik - Aug 10, 2005 11:56 pm

Date Climbed: September 1999  Sucess!

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.

Robert D - Aug 3, 2005 4:42 pm

Route Climbed: The trail Date Climbed: 8-02-2005  Sucess!

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


seth - Jun 27, 2005 9:18 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 26, 2005  Sucess!

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...


wildstar - Jun 18, 2005 11:59 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: June 16th 2005  Sucess!

Climbed with Skook on a very cloudy day. Good training hike.

Jeffrey Zickert

Jeffrey Zickert - Jun 3, 2005 6:03 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: 6-3-05  Sucess!

Very overcast day, no view at all. I'll have to go back when the clouds are no where to be found.

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