After an aborted climb in the Cascades, went to Spokane to visit a friend and we ended up driving up to this to escape the near 100 degree August heat. Hiked up to the saddle to do some night photography during the Perseid Meteor Shower. Thought the knob on the left was the summit but didn't see the trail around the backside so it was more of a scramble than my dog could handle so we backed off and hiked back down to sleep at the trailhead. In the morning, I went up solo, tagged the false summit and fortunately decided to tag the higher one to the right of the saddle. Apparently, that is the true summit so glad I did. Swarmed by flying ants on top. When I got back down, discovered my dog had torn through the screen on my tent to get out. Ah well. Fun time but a rough road to the trailhead.
Climbed Chimney, so had to go up and over this on way back. To make it interesting went directly up north ridge. Fun little scramble.
Great day hike, took my girlfriend and her brother, first alpine experience for either of them! Still a little snow up top in early August.
I've done this one a couple times and definitely recommend it. The only downside is the road, I have a lifted truck on 35" mud tires and I'm glad I did, when I drove up a Subaru wouldn't have made it, the road may have improved by now just be aware of that.
Tons of snow this season made this July hike a 99% snow slog. Camped on the saddle just below the peak of Roothaan. Scrambled up Roothaan in the morning then hiked the rest of the way to Chimney Rock and climbed it too!
My german shorthaired pointer and I made the hike from Horton Ridge. Just enough snow around still to keep him cool. Then we hiked the south ridge to the foot of Gunsight Pk., just past Pt. 6,213' on the topo, where there was a pond for my dog to play in. We sidehilled back to the pickup across the southwest face of Roothaan.
Hike done with K.C. and Rob back when I lived on Priest Lake, great view!
Hiked up the Horton Ridge trail to the saddle below the Mount Roothaan. It was an easy scramble up the boulders. The weather was cold from a storm that had been in the area for a few days. The view of Chimney Rock and the Selkirk Mountains was partially in the clouds.
I climbed this with my brother and father a number of years ago. The highlight of the climb was the close up views of Chimney Rock.
While the hardmen took on Chimney, we lazed around on Roothan. Scrambled up the north side path, then descended a direct line, scrambling down the west ridge. West ridge scramble starts from path directly from notch at top of Horton Ridge & is more fun & direct. Unable to locate a summit register, although one was there several years ago.
Partner: Mishell Blandi Cash.
Nice little hike but quite the drive from the Spokane area! Beautiful and interesting geology - unlike the volcanic mess I'm used to out west.
A nice change of pace. Just hung out and watched the climbers on Chimney Rock.
Have hiked up this several times.
I hiked/scrambled up both knobs of Mount Roothaan with six other members of my Scout troop. The views of Chimney Rock and the alpine mountains of the Selkirk Crest were awesome. A cold front had just blown through the evening before, and a light north wind was keeping forest fire smoke away. The weather was perfect (around 60 degrees F. on the summit), with visibilities exceeding 70 miles in all directions. I'm glad that the Scouts had so much fun scrambling on the rocks, and picking huckleberries!