Ascent of Johnson Mountain on 2015-08-05

Climber: Kyle Bretherton

Date:Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Johnson Mountain
    Elevation:6721 ft / 2048 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed 14 miles from camp to the summit on the "rest day" of a WTA trip. We started by going 3.5 miles, at first gradually and then more steeply up switchbacks to Dishpan Gap, then we traversed briefly before going on the Blue Lakes High Route (a very steep trail but in decent shape) up and over a ridge to Blue Lake. From there, it was a quick trail hike to the summit, where we stopped for some snacks and pictures before retracing our steps to the camp, where fortunately the non-hiking group had dinner ready for us. Overall, a nice hike (if a bit long), although the view was mostly obscured by increasingly ominous clouds (it started to rain that evening).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5821 ft / 1773 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6621 ft / 2017 m
    Round-Trip Distance:25 mi / 40.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Nights Spent:7 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5021 ft / 1530 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4221 ft / 1286 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Loss on way in:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Route:North Fork Skykomish River Trail
    Start Trailhead:North Fork Skykomish River Trailhead  2500 ft / 762 m
    Time:4 Days 2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5821 ft / 1774 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5021 ft / 1530 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Gain on way out:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Route:North Fork Skykomish River Trail
    End Trailhead:North Fork Skykomish Trailhead  1700 ft / 518 m
    Time:2 Days 22 Hours 

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