Ascent of Mount Pugh on 2014-09-04

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Dan Conley
Date:Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pugh
    Elevation:7201 ft / 2194 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fellow peakbagger Nate gave us some good beta for this one so we knew that we would make the time limit we were under... We had to be back on the ship by midnight to get underway at 10am the next morning. We didn't get underway until 4:30pm. Nothing like the stupidity of going to work 16 hours early!! Anyway, as a result of the pointless midnight deadline, I headed off the ship before lunch for a nice afternoon hike. Mt Pugh was the target. One of our co-workers had hiked it over the weekend and said it was a good time. Additionally, another co-worker who is connected with the Snohomish County SAR folks mentioned that there was a helicopter rescue up on Pugh the previous day. Interesting.

Dan was coming from Bremerton from doing more silly/pointless Navy stuff, so we met at the park and ride in Marysville to carpool to the trailhead. I had to wait a bit for him, but I used the time to pick up some groceries, change into my hiking clothes, and drop off Cindy's trekking poles at her car in downtown Everett while she was there for a work matter. The ride up on SR-530 was the first time that I had seen the devastation from the Oso mudslide since it happened. It still looks pretty destroyed up there. The mud traveled quite a distance from the bottom of the hill. Tragic.

We arrived at the trailhead in 1hr 20min from the Marysville P&R. Not too bad. The hike begins on a well maintained trail to Lake Metam, then on to the bottom of the open country below Skipjack Pass. We ran into a group of hikers at the edge of the forest as they were descending. They told us about the rescue and the blood on the rocks above. We definitely hope that our fellow hiker is ok.

After arriving at the pass, Dan's stomach began to feel a bit unsettled from his leftover Chinese food lunch. We slowed the pace a bit and took a few breaks for him but I refused to allow him to stop and summit alone. Friends don't let friends bail on perfect weather days on easy summits! Upon arrival at the pass, Mt Baker, White Chuck, and Mt Shuksan dominated the skyline to the north - all peaks that I have climbed within the past 3 weeks. We made our way through the upper trail. It is definitely more than a "use" trail and this seems like quite a popular peak. The first views of Glacier Peak do not present themselves until you arrive on the summit. There were 2 guys on the summit making tea and taking pictures. They generously took our pictures in various poses and we chatted with them for quite a bit. As always, you meet cool people on summits.

Well, we had a ship to catch, so we spent about 45 minutes on top in the perfect blue skies and sun soaking in views of Glacier, Stuart, Sloan, Del Campo, Forgotten, Pilchuck, the Puget Sound, the Olympics, Three Fingers, Whitehorse, Baker, White Chuck, Shuksan, the Pickets, Buckner/Sahale, Bonanza, and countless other Cascade beauties. The descent was uneventful, though the setting sun provided for amazing views. We made it to just below Lake Metam before we had to pull the headlamps out for the final sections of trail to the car. We were at the car by 8:30, plenty of time to make the 90 minute drive back to Everett to be locked aboard cell block 68. Dan talked me into Arby's in Marysville for dinner. It was better than expected as I almost never eat fast food.


3hrs 15min TH to summit (I could have shaved 30 minutes off of that though)
45+ min on top
2hrs 45min to car
GPX track is 1 way to conserve batteries
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5241 ft / 1597 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5241 ft / 1597 m
    Route:Mt Pugh Trail
    Start Trailhead:1960 ft / 597 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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