1.5 hours from lower TH to summit. Made a nice Sunday afternoon hike. Excellent wievs from Olympus to Adams. Could have stayed another hour on the summit if it wasn't for the stream of loud people... Thanks to RPC for the suggestion.
People keep saying "The Chute", but there is a real chute at the Y at mile 1.25 that is the winter route. Or am I getting this wrong.
In any case, the trail is very obvious and fantastically maintained. I climbed up to about 4500 ft. before being totally lost into a very big, very dense cloud/fog situation. Occassional views of Lake Cushman were glorious, but beware mixing of marine currents and high temps, because there is so much moisture up there it only takes a little push to become a cloud.
Hoodsport temp was 72 when we started. Dewpoint was 62. Yikes. Will definitely repeat trip when high pressure ridge is in place. On the plus side, mixing air made for wind and fewer flies.
Also, timing nearly perfect on wildflowers. Go this weekend or next, latest.
Came back with Eric to try the traverse from Ellinor to Washington. No goats (except for Eric).
Mountain goat with kid on summit pestered me intensely for salt. I was afraid she was going to chew my sweaty shirt off my back.
If you are looking for a great day climb for conditioning purposes, this is the place. We reached the summit in three hours, would have been much sooner, but ended up post holing to our waist with 40 lbs on our backs. Bring snow shoes. Great place to practice using your ice axe. Great glissade down. Very awesome view at summit if the clouds stay away. I would recommend this climb as a introduction climb to any friends who are considering alpine climbing. When there is snow, this climb provides some of the elements of other alpine type climbs.
My wife Shirley and I climbed this great little peak on a perfect day in mid-January. Clear skies, warm, and sunny the whole day. Were able to get thru. to within about 1/2 mile of the lower TH (though we could've pushed all the way to the lower TH as some cars did). Great views from top incl. the interior Olympics, the line of Cascade giants, and even (not as nice) the Seattle skyline. The glissade was the best one we've had to date! Can't wait to go back and do the neighboring Mt. Washington.
This is a great day climb, and had one of the most memorable glissades! We glissaded from the summit basin down to about 100 yards or so to the top of the trail in about 10 minutes and earned major power-wedgies.
The snow was was pretty loose, and slushy in some places, however. On the ascent, I post-holed and slogged big time, since I had opted to not bring crampons with me. Beautiful day, and excellent 360-degree view!