Ascent of Mount Howard on 2014-10-06
|Others in Party:||Nate B -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
|Date:||Monday, October 6, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7063 ft / 2152 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAn absolutely perfect fall day for a hike in the mountains. Today would be a bit different from your average hike as we were out and about for a team-building exercise from work. It was a great exercise. We made the initial ascent to the trail junction at 6,120 in just over 1 hr 20 min from the trailhead elevation of 3,000 ft. Not too shabby... The area just below the trail junction was covered in blueberry bushes that were still ripe for the eating. The views just kept improving as we pressed onward. Rock Lake and Crescent Lake were surrounded by the colors of fall. As we began descending into Crescent Lake, we saw a mother bear and two cubs from a distance. After crossing the outlet for Crescent Lake, we immediately began climbing up the hill side to the NNE. The going was good and I took the only funny fall of the day, landing squarely on my butt in the mud - good stuff.
After gaining the ridge, we took a short break to enjoy the views and grab a snack. The clouds were coming in at about 7,000 ft, so some of the higher peaks were obscured. We initially continued up the ridge until we determined that it would be much easier to drop down on the left side and angle our way into the boulder field to the top. The summit was initially in the clouds, but as we sat there eating, it cleared up. As the clouds parted, we could see Glacier Pk intermittently.
For the descent, we headed more directly down to Crescent Lake, cutting around the west side of the lake back to the trail and out. On the hike out, we encountered another hiker, quite a surprise. Overall, this area is incredible right now with the fall colors. Hurry up and get there before first snow! The hike was around 11 miles round trip.
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