Ascent of Burroughs Mountain on 2013-08-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:David Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Burroughs Mountain
    Elevation:7828 ft / 2385 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the best day climb we found in the 2 days we had to get used to the area before out Rainier climb. The weather was fairly good and we hoped for great views of Rainier. The herd trail is easy to follow at this time of year and only had one spot through a melting snow pack that was disrupted and slippery. The top has some nice rock features and was backdropped with some interesting fog being pushed straight up the valley with stong wings making for some great photos. Unfortunately, the fog blowing up from the lower valley partially blocked our views and we kept being teased with the views of Rainier and the mighty glaciers below. Nice hike. We had left earlier enough in the morning that we had all three Burroughs to ourself and we did not see any other hikers until we got back to the second Burrough. The solitude was welcome in that there is little solitude on these trails as the day moves on and the visitors center gets crazy busy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:808 ft / 246 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Herd trail and snow packs
    Trailhead:saddle between 2nd and 3rd Burroughs  7020 ft / 2139 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
55F and fog being swept up from the valley all around but clear too
Ascent Part of Trip: Burroughs

Complete Trip Sequence:
1First Burroughs Mountain2013-08-11 a790 ft / 241 m
2Second Burroughs Mountain2013-08-11 b296 ft / 90 m
3Burroughs Mountain2013-08-11 c808 ft / 246 m
4Second Burroughs Mountain2013-08-11 d456 ft / 139 m
Total Trip Gain: 2350 ft / 716 m    Total Trip Loss: 2350 ft / 716 m

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