Ascent of Mount Stuart on 2010-08-01

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Sunday, August 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Stuart
    Elevation:9415 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

I thought I would enjoy this peak since it is a major WA summit and a revenge peak. I'm glad to have it done but overall I did not enjoy this route. It's not particularly hard at all but the going, especially on the descent, was fairly miserable. Crapcadian indeed.

Lightning and hail filled the skies on Saturday so I was lucky to be coming in late and just going to camp. It was fairly uneventful to camp and I had been this way before. I dropped camp right after crossing Ingalls Creek. Up and out the next morning and I found the turnoff for the Cascadian. First it was somewhat brushy trail for about 700 feet. Then a narrow gully that had annoying travel up to the prow at 6200. Then a wider gully with a little bit better bootpath. There is more or less some semblence of a bootpath most of the way until you get to the cairned scramble route. I crossed an easy bit of snow and continued the slug up until about 8600 where a steep snowfield was the beginning of the more interesting route. The snow here was slippery for some reason so I (and others) tried to avoid it. I stuck to the rock on the left and had some steep dirt and a little bit of narrow ledges and such but I finally crossed over the S ridge at about 9080'. From here I picked up the cairned scramble route. No real difficulties with the scramble. The squeeze through was the toughest part. There is some exposure but it is not too bad. Then I reversed my route and it was back down. The descent was just not fun at all. On occasion you could go down the sandy dirt quickly but there were so many little rock steps and such that the progress was slow. This is a knee killer too. And buggy. Blah blah blah. Too much complaining I guess but I just did not enjoy this route.

I made it to camp and enjoyed a fair amount of sleep. I think I was dehydrated once again. Then it was out the next morning at a slow pace. The first 500 feet up from the creek is a bitch with a backpack on. From there it eased up and I finally made the pass. Once I hit the pass and was finally on a good trail going downhill I made good time. It was great to be back at the car. I can see maybe doing this route with snow but I won't ever slog up that dirty talus ever again.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8115 ft / 2472 m
    Total Elevation Loss:8115 ft / 2473 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6675 ft / 2034 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5135 ft / 1565 m; Extra: 1540 ft / 469m
    Loss on way in:1540 ft / 469 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Start Trailhead:FS 9737  4280 ft / 1304 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6575 ft / 2004 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5135 ft / 1565 m; Extra: 1440 ft / 438m
    Gain on way out:1440 ft / 438 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    End Trailhead:FS 9737  4280 ft / 1304 m

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