Ascent of Mount Muller on 2008-11-16

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Russell
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Muller
    Elevation:3748 ft / 1142 m

Ascent Trip Report

"We tried to take the short route to Muller which Martin mentions below as it seemed like the fastest option. However, the 3040 road has now been been bermed and decommissioned. I've run across a fair number of abandoned or overgrown roads where several hundred feet on both ends have been torn up to keep vehicles out but none like this. The really bizarre aspect of the way the FS dealt with this road is that not only did they block off the ends but they dug up the roadbed for a good six miles between the FS 3067 junction and the FS 3068 junction. Then they dropped seed and hay over the while length as well. So this roadbed now consists of a sort of mushy gravel with an uneven surface such that it makes for slow walking and it would be terrible to bike on. I found it easier to walk on the side of the road in the brush where the ground was at least firm. Aside from the annoying surface, the berm location also forces an additional five miles round-trip of road-walking on the approach if you were to walk from the FS 3068 junction so I would recommend skipping Martin's route given the changed road conditions.

"Because we had tried to get up FS 3040 from the East and then the West we wound up at the junction of FS 3067 and FS 3040 with the clock ticking down due to the short November daylight. So I suggested a route using a short bit of the road and then a connection with the ridge trail coming down from North Point. This actually turned out well. We hiked the old road for 3/4ths of a mile until a point where the ridge comes to a very low saddle. We easily gained the trail as it is only maybe ten feet above and fifty feet South of the road. From here we just followed the ridge trail all the way to Muller. There was one section as we dropped down from 3480+ where it was a bit overgrown but it was no problem to follow it. A brief side trail which is signed leads you the last bit up to the very top of Muller. On the return we went to the four way trail junction a couple miles West of Muller. We decided to drop down to the road due to impending darkness as roads are often easier to walk with headlamps than trails. As mentioned before though, the road makes for some lame hiking so I strongly recommend against this.

"The ridge trail actually was through pleasant forest for the most part and in some areas it is out in the open. This yielded views of Olympus, Muller, Lake Crescent and occasionally out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The ridge trail is probably at least as scenic as the standard loop route from the South which I suspect stays mostly in the forest. While the net gain on our route is a lot less, there are a lot of ups and downs on the trail and so there is probably nearly as much gross gain as the loop route so overall it is probably about ten miles and 2500 feet of gain." --Eric Noel, November 16th, 2008
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2588 ft / 788 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2588 ft / 788 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1888 ft / 575 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 988 ft / 301 m; Extra: 900 ft / 274m
    Loss on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Start Trailhead:2760 ft / 841 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1688 ft / 514 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 988 ft / 301 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Gain on way out:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    End Trailhead:2760 ft / 841 m

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