Ascent of Park Butte on 2012-10-17

Climber: Chad Straub

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Park Butte
    Elevation:5440 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived at an empty trailhead at 7am and started down the trail in thick fog. 2-3 inches of fresh powder on the ground after around 4500'. It began snowing just as we arrived at the lookout. The top of Baker peeked through the clouds a few times during the 3 hours I hung around waiting for the weather to clear and exploring the tower. Much thanks to the volunteers who do such a great job maintaining this piece of history. Probably the best cared for lookout of the 10 or so I have visited. The meadows just before the final push are astoundingly colorful this time of year.

As I passed though Everett I could see in my rearview mirror that the clouds had completely parted. I will be back for an overnight when the sky is clear in the future.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2215 ft / 676 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.3 km
    Trailhead:Trailhead  3225 ft / 982 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 4 Minutes

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