Ascent of Olallie Butte on 2012-10-18

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, October 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Olallie Butte
    Elevation:7215 ft / 2199 m

Ascent Trip Report

The last good weather day of the hiking season for the high Cascades. Came across a couple clearing the trail on the way up, but not sure if they were planning to summit. This is on tribal land, but there were no prohibitory signs at any point. The trailhead begins right on the south east corner of where the powerlines cross the dirt road (4220?), and there is a small parking area on the west side of the road.

The trail crosses the PCT after only a few hundred feet, picking up directly across from where it joins. It is a well graded, wide, and easy to follow trail into the sub-alpine, where it then becomes more of a climbers path, though still quite easy to follow without snow. I passes the trail crew 2-2.5 miles up, but there was some good-sized trees down across the trail after that. Because I joined back up with the trail part way down on the descent, I don't know how far up they managed to clear. There were very thin patches of snow on the north side, probably from the storm systems that moved through NW Oregon on the 12th and 14th.

There was minor rockfall across the trail at a steep rocky stretch pretty close to the top - a soccer ball sized rock tumbled by. It was audible from a few hundred feet up and not rocketing down, but I wouldn't have wanted to be in its way!

Amazing views from the summit and at spots along the trail.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2575 ft / 784 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2575 ft / 784 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Olallie Butte trail
    Start Trailhead:Ollallie Butte TH (unofficial)  4640 ft / 1414 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: 2012-10A Olallie (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Olallie Butte2012-10-18 a2575 ft / 785 m
2Olallie Butte-Northeast Slope2012-10-18 b150 ft / 46 m
Total Trip Gain: 2725 ft / 831 m    Total Trip Loss: 1790 ft / 546 m

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