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Ascent of Green Mountain on 2014-07-12

Climber: Craig Willis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Green Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6500 ft / 1981 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was quite a jaunt. With the years-long closure of the Suiattle River Road, a 8-9 mile roundtrip hike became a nearly 35-mile trek (mostly on roads). I rode my bike for the first 7.5 miles to the Green Mountain Road, and then walked my bike up the remaining six miles of that road to the trailhead (as I seem to waste too much energy riding steeply uphill). It took me 3h30m to reach the trailhead from my car.

The trail was fairly straightforward and enjoyable as it passed through evergreen forest. Once the trail entered the steep meadowy hillside, however, the route became heavily overgrown and I had to watch my step in places as a result. It was a very hot day, even in the morning, and the sun seem focused directly onto that hillside. Once around the hill and approaching the tarn basin, treecover once again comfortably shaded the trail. However, it was so shaded that deep snowpack still lingered, basically for the remainder of the trek.

After I passed by the mostly-frozen tarn, I could see the LO atop Green Mountain. I headed for a long, lingering snow finger heading up the southwest slopes. Heading straight up the snow slope seemed safer than trying to side-traverse steep snow-covered sections of trail. Once atop the west ridge below the LO, I headed up a well-defined trail to the LO. The LO is in excellent shape; I am glad the Legislative Branch of government was able to save it, albeit under weird circumstances. There are great views in every direction, a peak worthy of a lookout.

During the descent, I saw quite a few marmots peeking out of their dirt holes. As I was leaving the tarn basin, I encountered three people working with the Forest Service (one actually said he worked for Senator Patty Murray); they were heading to the LO and had cameras with them. Other than those three people, I never saw anyone else on the trail or roads. I made great time during the hike descent. Once back at the trailhead, it only took me 1h45m to reach the car. My parking space was totally in forested shade, yet the outside temperature was still a whopping 85 Degrees! Overall, it was a great yet exhausting day trip.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5700 ft / 1737 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:35 mi / 56.3 km
    Trailhead:1000 ft / 304 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 7 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:0 Days 3 Hours 45 Minutes



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