Ascent of Molybdenite Mountain on 2015-05-17

Climber: Craig Willis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Molybdenite Mountain
    Elevation:6784 ft / 2067 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was one of my favorite hikes in NE Washington. I thought the route was straightforward. Although the peak looks a little uninteresting at first glance, it towers above all of the other peaks in the immediate area and has a commanding view in every direction. The historically mild snow season allowed me to reach the ridgeline at 6150' before I encountered consistent snowpack, only passing through a couple of short snow sections of road prior to then. I got to try out my new pair of snowshoes and it was quite enjoyable. The snow conditions were a little sloppy due to a big rainstorm passing through overnight but I think I had very quick time: 1H10M up, 1H0M down. If anything, the snow might have made the ascent faster due to no brush to contend with. The summit was very windy, with remnants of the former lookout. I recommend this peak either as a hike or a snowshoe trip. Also, I saw a moose when driving to the trailhead and I found numerous fresh moose tracks over my own tracks so they were definitely roaming around at the same time as me. I highly recommend this peak.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1704 ft / 519 m
    Trailhead:5080 ft / 1548 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Overcast

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