Ascent of Mount Erie on 2013-12-18

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Aidan Barlow
Date:Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Erie
    Elevation:1273 ft / 388 m

Ascent Trip Report

Based on other trip reports, I was expecting crowds. I discovered how to avoid the crowds: go on a Wednesday on December. We had Sugarloaf to ourselves and only saw one solo hiker on the Mt Erie trail. The weather was pleasant, mostly cloudy with some sun, and 2 or 3 light rain/snow showers that lasted less than 5 minutes. The trail system is quite complex, so Google the map and print it up before you go. We took the following sequence from Heart Lake Rd at the trailhead at the junction with Mt Erie Rd: 215, 226, 238, 228, 215, Mt Erie Rd, 26, 216, summit, back down 216, 207, 230, 226, 21, 320, & 215. After the hike, we headed to Deception pass state park since we have never been. It is worth checking out of you are in the area. It was Aidan's first hike in Washington, and with the cold weather, and light bursts of precipitation, it was a perfect introduction to the PNW. This was also my first hike since returning home to Washington on Monday. It's great to be back after 9 months away.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:573 ft / 174 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:573 ft / 174 m
    Route:Mt Erie trail
    Start Trailhead:700 ft / 213 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Erie

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sugarloaf2013-12-18 a655 ft / 200 m
2Mount Erie2013-12-18 b573 ft / 175 m
Total Trip Gain: 1228 ft / 375 m

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