Used bicycles. The last mile of road is getting somewhat overgrown. WA P2k 82/144
Snowshoe hike. Easy to get to and no crowd.
My folks live down at the bottom of the red route. Go up blue, come down red.
Took the "blue" route as shown on the map. The first mile was absolutely terrible for the bike. I'm thinking bikers would prefer to use the "red" route, but I can't say for certain as I didn't go that way. At the gate just past the borrow pit, I noticed a restricted area sign. Not sure if it was strictly legal, but I took the "black" route via the ridge to the summit. Clear skies above 2800' with nice views of Rainier.
The road is pretty tore up lately, lots & lots of ditches dug out in the middle of the road for the first few mile. Lots and lots of ups. & downs. Kinda sucks now. Used to love this hike. Quick, fairly easy, and long. No crowds...the best part!
Sunny day in early April. More snow than I was expecting, but it has been a cold wet Spring. Constant snow started just above the prominent switchback at 2400. There did not appear to be any recent traffic beyond the turnoff to the radio tower.
A long, boring slog to the true summit. Uneventful, except for a little snow at the upper elevations. At least I have most of the western Washington "dumpster dive" P2Ks done with, as I have no need (or desire) for return trips to places such as this!
Despite a dismal forecast we hiked McDonald on Veteran's day. We were rewarded with clear skies and crystal clear views of the lowlands and Olympic Mountains. We pushed our bikes up to 2200 feet. Snow started at 2500 feet.
First time was a snowshoe to the communication site. Second time I was working on a timber sale up there so I drove most of the way. Perks of the DNR. McDonald Mountain Trip Report
Hey, this is one I climbed with Dean. On a bike, at least partly. We saw a bear trying to get at some red gatorade in a bottle.
It was a beautiful sunny day in contrast to 5 days later with rain and in and out views.
Went back to McDonald Mountain to finish off the mountain. It was the quickest 15 miles I have done (3 1/2 hours)