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Ascent of Hamilton Mountain on 2014-03-24

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, March 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hamilton Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2438 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

Clear day in the CRG. Some of the best views along the gorge. Snow-covered Mt Adams beside Table Mtn. Likewise Mt Hood beyond Tanner Butte. Larch Mtn and Dog Mtn also seen, and of course Beacon Rock. (Mt St Helens is below the ridgeline.)
Descended to the saddle and down to Hardy Creek to make a loop out of it. The more gradual descent is easier on the knees, but looping the other direction provides better views all along Hamilton's north ridge.
On the way down, cut across the Hadley Trail to climb Little Beacon Rock, a roughly 100 foot climb from the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2329 ft / 709 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1988 ft / 605 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2114 ft / 644 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2044 ft / 623 m; Extra: 70 ft / 21m
    Loss on way in:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Mt Hamilton Trail
    Start Trailhead:lower picnic area  394 ft / 120 m
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1918 ft / 584 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1703 ft / 519 m; Extra: 215 ft / 65m
    Gain on way out:215 ft / 65 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:north saddle, Tom's Cut-Off, Hardy Creek, Mt Hamil
    End Trailhead:Hamilton - Hadley Trails junction  735 ft / 224 m
    Time:1 Hours 39 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Hamilton - Little Beacon Rock (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Hamilton Mountain2014-03-242329 ft / 710 m
2Little Beacon Rock2014-03-2425 ft / 8 m
Total Trip Gain: 2354 ft / 718 m    Total Trip Loss: 2354 ft / 718 m



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