Ascent of Park Butte on 2012-10-17
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, October 17, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5440 ft / 1658 m|
Ascent Trip ReportArrived 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|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 55 Minutes|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 4 Minutes|
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