Ascent of Dirtybox Peak on 2014-10-05
|Date:||Sunday, October 5, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4926 ft / 1501 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe took the old trail up to Mailbox Pk as it is shorter and therefore much steeper. Instead of staying on the crowded summit, we opted to head over to Dirtybox Pk. There is initially a use trail, though it disappears not long after descending to the ridge. The ridge is pretty flat. We worked our way around any brushy sections, staying high for the most part. There is a little bit of uphill to the final summit through a nicer section of forest that didn't require much bushwhacking. I stood on the thin, airy rock to claim the summit. Lunch on top was great as we enjoyed the crystal blue skies with views of Rainier to the south, and spotting some familiar points to the southwest and west: Larch/Capitol, Washington, The Brothers, Deception. Views north are blocked by trees. After lunch we headed back to Mailbox Pk for our summit photos that we skipped earlier as it was now less crowded. We took the new trail down Mailbox Pk, which I would recommend for descents as it is easier on the knees. Apparently it is brand new. Great hike, perfect weather, and slushies in North Bend after the hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||246 ft / 74 m|
| Route Conditions:||Bushwhack|
| Gain on way in:||246 ft / 74 m|
| Route:||NW Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||4680 ft / 1426 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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