Did with Josh Lewis and Lena. Steep trail and great views on top. Fall color was amazing and was clearly at peak. Never knew the Olympics for having much fall color but the color leading to this trail was STUNNING!!!!
Consistent snow started at about 3000'. Good workout hike, 4 hours car to car.
A good workout, to say the least. Especially when out of shape.. Bit disappointing summit and views though. Doing Ellinor the prior day might have skewed my opinion somewhat. The south loop is nice and steep, rocky, and more enjoyable imo than the north. Great area this was around Lake Cushman, and nice camping at Staircase.
Used this as a trainer hike for Baker and Rainier. I had a full pack and was tired by the time I got back to the car, but the view from the top was beautiful, and the weather was fantastic. Great Climb!
After unsuccessfully fishing for a while this morning, I realized I had my hiking boots on, and developed a wild hair. This was my first peakbagging attempt in the Olympics, and it wasn't a disappointment! The steepness of the trail is a tad underrated though. I'd like to see what the switchback/step count for this 2.8 mile death march to the summit is. I didn't take the North Ridge Loop because I had such a late start, so my experience was a grinding slog from start to finish, and I missed out on some of the better views. Still fantastic views from the summit rock, it was nice to get up into the mountains on such a beautiful October day, and get a good workout at the same time!
Great hike for summer and fall season. Lots of flowers and berries along the trail. You will also see waterfalls and lake throughout the trail. Last mile and half to the peak is a steep climb. But worth it to see Mount Rainier and the rest of scenery of valley.
nothing special, just a good place to condition in bad weather.
Foggy/rainy hike so no views but a great workout.
A short morning hike with great views.
Bored with the Gorge and lingering snowpack, thought I'd try something else so hiked up this one. Decent workout. Still tons of snow from 3500 feet on up but nice boot track to follow. Someone really flagged the crap out of this route too. No getting lost on this one. Thought I was at the summit but decided to head out the ridge with a little dip in between. Glad I did, as that was where the real summit was. Tons of goat tracks around and lots of goat hair/fur on the summit rocks and branches there. Think this was about 3 hrs round trip. The descent goes really fast if you double-time it. Think I was doing about 100 feet per minute. Quads will be sore tomorrow. Wish the views would have been better though. Still, not a bad way to get out of the spring rut around Portland.
Was going to climb Mt. Lincoln, but the road to Staircase had too much snow. Decided to give Mt. Rose a go instead. Due to social obligations and a late start from trying to get to staircase I only got as far as the split in the trail. There was a significant amount of snow at that elevation.
Due to major traffic problems just getting to the trailhead from the metropolitan east side of Puget Sound, Gimpilator and I got a very late start. However, we had plenty of light during our ascent and made the summit by sunset. The combination of massive beargrass blooms intermixed with charcoaled trees (leftover from a forest fire several years ago) was very cool to see. Mount Ellinor to the north was very tempting, but we opted to seek out Mount Jupiter the next day.
Redwic and I came out after work and didn't make it to the trail head until 7pm. We were hoping to make it to the summit by sunset and this we were able to accomplish. We were in clouds most of the way but it cleared a little at the top and were able to see Lake Cushman. There was an amazing bloom of bear grass all over the upper portion. We used headlamps to get down and then drove to the Mount Jupiter trail to summit that the next day. 20 miles and over 7000 feet of gain in under 24 hours. Wahoo!
Good little hike. Plenty of exercise, and not too many people on the trail for such a popular hike and on memorial day weekend. I'm going to have to head up earlier in the day next time, as the sun glare washed out most of the view. Good times though...
Wow what a climb. Excellent ascent and descent trainer. Unfortunately the clouds swallowed us up on the summit, so we had no views, but lots of fun anyway. Took the left fork up and ridge route down. The fire damage is still there, but the trail is easy to follow. I'll be coming back to this one alot.
I've tortured myself many a time on this mountain, having climbed it well over 20 times. I love it! Eat a Snickers bar just before, take off the jacket at #5 switchback, swig a drink of water at #17 (used to be #21) and fly up to the summit. There is no rest. No flat spots. The only regrets now is that the forest service didn't stop the wildfire in 2005. Now the trail is not only tough as nails, but it will be scarred for many decades to come.
We had a warm spring day with almost no snow on the trail up to the top. Picnic on the flat rock summit. Shorts and T-shirts in Feb!
Climbed with the Grays Harbor Olympians climbing club. We snowshoed up in fresh powder and enjoyed a whiteout at the summit. Fun adventure for my first summit in Washington.
It was a beautiful day and I had 6 hours between finishing work and my flight out so I got up did enjoyed lunch on the summit and got down.
Good steep trail, lots of snow and wind at the top.