Ascent of Mount Forgotten on 2014-08-12

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Forgotten
    Elevation:6005 ft / 1830 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another peak in my "after work" series. I left work at 11:45 (#fuckwork) and was passing through Marysville by noon on my way to Granite Falls and Mountain Loop Hwy. It took until just after 1pm to get to the trailhead and was on my way at 1:19pm. I chose to see how fast I could go again, like Mt David. This trail has quite a bit of distance to cover before gaining much elevation. I ran into 2 other parties on the ascent and I did not stop for anything other than a few seconds for pictures here and there. It took me 2 hrs 28 min to cover the 6 miles and 4,500 ft to the summit. Not as fast as my Mt David ascent. Oh well, not bad for after work on a Tuesday.

At the summit are 3 distinct summit rocks. I scrambled up all 3 for completeness. The western one is definitely the lowest as it seemed that I was looking up at the center one from there. The center one is home to a metal register from The Mountaineers. The eastern one is home to a plastic tube register. I can't tell which is the higher rock, the east or middle one. I did both, so who cares. The descent was uneventful until I startled a grouse that startled me even more than I startled it. That's a lot of startling... I stopped at Forgotten Meadows to explore for a bit on the way down. It is absolutely incredible right now with all of the flowers in bloom. Sadly, the sky is hazy with smoke. While White Chuck, Glacier, Sloan, Del Campo, Big Four, Three Fingers, Whitehorse, and other peaks were visible throughout the hike, the smoke obscured a lot of views. The hike down took about as long as the hike up with my stops to take in the views. I was back at the car before 7pm after jogging the last 1.5 miles of pretty flat terrain to the TH.

On the drive out Mountain Loop Hwy, I was stuck behind a car that was smoking enough exhaust to be the primary cause of all air pollution in Washington state. Plate # 32071 (WA), Jeep. Ken Russell, if you read this report, maybe you can get his car impounded by the DOT!!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4525 ft / 1379 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4525 ft / 1379 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4125 ft / 1257 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Route:Perry Creek Trail
    Start Trailhead:1880 ft / 573 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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