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Ascent of Mount Maude on 2020-08-23

Climber: Nick Magill

Date:Sunday, August 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Maude
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:9040 ft / 2755 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Seven Fingered Jack, we ascended Mt Maude by taking the Carne Mountain high trail from Leroy Camp to the southern arm of Maude. This arm can be easily reached by climbing a loose rock field just after the trail goes over the first pass from Leroy, about 30-45 mins from camp. Once on the arm, navigation is very straightforward. You will see ice lakes on the right, and a class 2 rock field leading up to a gradually up-sloping hillside to the summit. To avoid the loose rock and existing snow on the route, we made for a more direct path, ascending the steeper class three sections to climber's left of the standard route. The rock here was mostly stable, but loose in places. Nevertheless it provided a welcome change in terrain from the loose rock fields we had become accustomed to from the approach.

An important note if you wish to hike out with the Carne Mountain high trail: I was using a Garmin inReach Explorer+ GPS with default mapping. The route shown on the GPS track was not correct with regards to parts of the first half of the route, nearest to Maude. This was particularly an issue at the mountain pass just beyond the Maude turnoff. The GPS route marks the trail as ascending the steep loose ridge line to the east and wrapping around and down into the next basin. This is a tremendous waste of time, and presents unnecessary exposure to loose dirt scrambling. Instead ascend the talus field directly to the pass and traverse high to the next pass, briefly going above the cliffs. That saves elevation loss and provides a much cleaner path. The route in many places was too overgrown or poorly established to follow. Be prepared for cross country travel until reaching about the halfway point, at which the trail becomes unmistakable.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5500 ft / 1676 m
    Route:South Slope
    Trailhead:Phelps Creek  3540 ft / 1078 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Mud/Swamp, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect weather



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