Ascent of Park Butte on 2015-01-25

Climber: George Burgess

Others in Party:Lindsay Wallis
Date:Sunday, January 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Park Butte
    Elevation:5440 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

We departed from the Ridley Creek Trailhead at 8:30 and headed up the valley. We hit snow around 4100 feet, a little ways past the top of the switchbacks. This is an exceptionally low snow year so far. We traversed through Mazama Park over Baker Pass, post-holing getting worse as we went. On the backside of Cathedral Crag we caught full-on sun for the first time in weeks, and we both got a nice light crisping. We post-holed doggedly to the summit, which rewarded us with spectacular views in every direction. On the descent, we cut to the left of Cathedral Crag, which took us through a slightly sketchy boulder field, but was overall a good decision in light of the time-saving and avoidance of having to reascend to Baker Pass. A wonderful day out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4331 ft / 1319 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4331 ft / 1320 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3731 ft / 1137 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2855 ft / 871 m; Extra: 876 ft / 267m
    Loss on way in:876 ft / 267 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Ridley Creek Trail
    Start Trailhead:Ridley Creek Trailhead  2585 ft / 787 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3455 ft / 1053 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2855 ft / 871 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Gain on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    End Trailhead:Ridley Creek Trailhead  2585 ft / 787 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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