The Goat Creek route is a pretty choice early season climb. Placed along side goals of similar height and westness in the cascades, we had quite the stroll.
The brush around the creek was not bad. The devil's club was still bare stalks. The slopes higher up were like a park tilted at 30 degrees. The snowy upper reaches made for a nice alpine-feeling finish. Nice view of Rainier and environs.
Spine of ridge very narrow. Requires caution on the descent.
Goat Creek route was straightforward except for the bushwhacking near the creek. Rainier views were spectacular. Had a large swarm of horseflies follow me all the way to the summit and back down, which provided good motivation to keep moving, but I pretty much got eaten alive. Also heard some people target shooting on my way up, probably near the forest road, so be aware.
Surprisingly, Klenke's assessment of this route is correct. It is amazingly straightforward and non-technical; I do not even consider it Class 3. I opted to park near the junction of FR-59/FR-037 because I had read another TR which claimed that FR-037 was not suitable for a passenger vehicle. I could have driven further with caution, but it was still an easy road-walk on FR-037. The worst part of the trek was crossing Goat Creek.
Nothing to Wow about in whiteout conditions. Mount Wow Trip Report
We took Klenke's route and it went fine overall. No views on this soggy day.
Did the Goat Creek route with Eric Noel. Rain the night before and drizzle at hike time. The spur road was driveable but brushy. Crossing Goat Creek was easy as the level was low, but the thick brush on either side was a challenge, and wet. The forest inside the park is very open and easy going although steep. Lots of bear, goat, and elk droppings.
When we got to the top, there was no "Wow!". Visibility was less than 300 feet. We did celebrate another successful P2k. For me, WA P2k 47/144.
With Dean. Nice climb except for the brush near the creek. Wow! what a view of Rainier!!!
Dennis Poulin and I did our best to follow Klenke's route but we basically ended up just making our own way. One steep effort once we got out of the devil's club and downed timber. Temps in the 90's made for a miserable day but when we crested the summit, both Dennis and I exclaimed "WOW" as Mt. Rainier made its appearance. Awesome viewpoint. No register or benchmark as this is a seldom visited mountain. Best done on a cooler day but we both had traveled quite a distance so had to take what we were given.
Greg Slayden and I decided to follow Klenke's route from the end of the road up the Goat Creek drainage west of the Wow massif. After an initial bushwhack through the clearcut area along the creek, when we got to the National Park boundary the going became much easier. Nice approach! When we got to the summit and got our first view of the big guy to the east, we simultaneously, as though it had been practiced, blurted out the obligatory "WOW!!!!!!!!!".
In winter my good buddy Jon Gessele and I hiked in the pouring rain up the closed west side road. We randomly picked a spot and headed straight up, using ice axes to boost ourselves over slippery logs and claw up steeper sections. Snowshoes when we hit the soggy snow line. Camped at Lake Allen. Stupidly, we went back the following year, and did the same 'route' when the snowfall was heavier. The best mountain goat tracking ever experienced.
Started at the Nisqually Entrance -- on locating the Boundary Trail, hiked up to the ridge and continued on up to Wow's southern ridge. Some exposed scrambly bits on the way up -- wish I'd known about the easier/shorter route! The north ridge looks interesting; was reading somewhere there's another route up from the direction of Lake George. Anyone know?
Woke up at 3:30 to owls hooting at each other. Climbed up to the top for the best sunrise of my life. Will bivy on top next time.