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Ascent of Bare Mountain on 2013-06-09

Climber: Chad Straub

Others in Party:Automahn (k9)
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bare Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5353 ft / 1631 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was ahead of schedule heading down the North Fork Snoqualmie River Rd in the new 4x4, stoked on a beautiful day in the mountains when I ran over some kind of metal trash in the road and blew out a tire. Four hours later I finally arrived at the trailhead for Bare Mountain Trail #1037 in surprisingly good spirit.

The trail is in decent shape after recent maintenance, but encroaching vegetation will soon make for at least a mile of serious bushwhacking. There are a few blowdowns and some water on the trail, and one serious creek crossing over slick logs. Snow appeared sporadically around 4000' and the trail mostly disappeared beneath it just above the saddle to the Eastern sub-summit. There was one 50 foot section of steep exposed snow, which I easily bypassed with a short scramble along the ridge. Automahn needed a boost or two. Views were great sunshine began to poke through the overcast shortly after reaching the summit. I found no summit register, but plenty of weathered broken glass and rusted nails, remains from the fire lookout tower that once stood here.

Canoe Peak and Lennox Mountain loomed nearby, taunting me as surveyed the route from above the Paradise Lakes. I'm not sure if it was the late start or the long stretch of sun-baking snowfields that lay between us, but it was an easy choice to leave these two for another day.

I chose instead to take the Bear Creek junction on the way down to explore some mining remnants that could be seen from the trail above. I found more than I expected, including rusted out mine carts, massive machine wheels.

~10 miles Round Trip
3600' elevation gain
2:45 to summit, 7 hours car to car
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3444 ft / 1048 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3444 ft / 1049 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Grade/Class:class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3244 ft / 988 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Trail 1037
    Start Trailhead:TH  2109 ft / 642 m
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3444 ft / 1049 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3244 ft / 989 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Trail 1037
    End Trailhead:TH  2109 ft / 642 m



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