High clouds and cool breezes. Some new snow down to 4000'. The last 50' is a class 2/3 scramble with some exposure, but good handholds. It was dry today, or I probably would not have done it.
It's interesting to note, as you sit on the summit, watching hundreds of cars, trucks, and RVs pass below on I-90, that Col. McClellan reported (in the 1850s) he could find no reasonable road routes through the Cascade Mountains.
Thought the snow would be gone enough to make the summit. It showed up around 4000', and remained the rest of the way. Decent steps until the West side of the ridge. Went astray followings footsteps up to the ridge. Eventually came back down to the meadow where the trail was picked up. Nice hike but long. 3 hours 42 minutes to the base of the scramble including the diversion. Not much in the way of views. Quite a few people passed on the way down.
One long approach! Wait for a clear day for sure. Exposure on the rock at the top so don't slip ;-)
Only had time to do something around 1-90, never done the Butte before so I gave it a shot.
Good trail, pretty boring really.
Final scramble made the lack of views on the way up worth it.
Topped out at 5:15pm and had the summit to myself.
Set a good pace but wasn't flying.
2:05 to the top - 3:55 r/t including lunch on the summit ;-)
Acording to the ranger it is 4.5 miles, I am inclined to believe that.
Scramble is class 2 with some serious exposure but the foot and hand holds are bomber.
Time for my semi-annual climb of this great local mountain. The trail is in great shape, and the weather was perfect. 2 hours 42 minutes to the top of the butte, where sunshine and fantastic views were enjoyed by all.
The snow is back! The trail was snow-free until halfway up the switchbacks, and then gradually deepened the rest of the way. A well-broken trail allowed boot passage until we made the turn around the south end. Then the previous hiker lost his way and turned back, so we were breaking trail. Time for the snowshoes. The depth ranged from 12" to about 36". Nice day, but the visibility went to near zero as we summitted. 3 hours and 45 minutes to the top, 6 hours and 8 minute round trip. Only one other couple all day.
I've been trying to summit since Thanksgiving, but every time got lost in the snow. Not today. The trail is clear all the way to the summit, with a few minor patches left in the avalanch chutes. Other than some mud, the trail was in excellent condition, and easy to follow. The weather was mostly cloudy, with poor visibility, and a little rain. Not too much wind, and cool enough to keep it comfortable. Reached the saddle at the summit in just under 3 hours. I believe the stated distance of 5.5 miles, considering how long it takes me to reach Mt. Si. The scramble to the top of the actual Butte was not too bad. It was dry and the wind was only a breeze. Visibility was effectively zero until I was half way down, when the sky started to clear.
5.5 miles one way is what I have seen, but I think it is more like 4.5 miles. Good elevation gain of 3700 feet, with what could be great views at the top, but we were socked in that day. Once at the saddle at the very top we made the ascent up the short rock scramble, which is probably class 2 with some 3 (maybe). The exposure is vry high though, one slip could be fatal with a fall of about 1500 feet. When we did it it was wet, which wasn't too smart, but we felt safe at the time.