Ascent of Mount Washburn on 2012-06-05

Climber: Craig Barrett

Others in Party:Malachi Barrettt
Date:Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Washburn
    Elevation:10243 ft / 3122 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived in Bozeman and spent a full day and half of the next day rafting with Montana Whitewater) on the Yellowstone River with my oldest son. Drove South and entered Yellowstone National Park through the West Entrance sighting elk along the way. Once inside the park we immediately saw eagles and a large herd of bison and continued to see bison as we moved East and then south towards Old Faithful. We hiked Mystic Falls and and stopped repeatedly to take in the beauty and diversity of wildlife and the wilderness. We camped near Yellowstone Lake and the next day we visited Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone Canyon. We saw some elk bedded down close to the road and captured them on film. The second night we pitched our tent in Canyon.

We awoke at sunrise, ate by the fire and then headed to Dunraven Pass where we parked and began our hike. Easy wide trail that gained elevation slowly until after the first turn where started to encounter snow. Hard pack was preferred but with recent melting and the rising higher mushy snow was abundant for a while. We followed the trail for the first two tight switchbacks with only a single party in front of us. Instead of completing the third switchback, which was covered in deep snow we punched straight up to the ridge line finding ourselves now ahead of the other party. Spectacular commanding view of the area on the ridge line and from the building atop Mt. Washburn. Signed in and took pictures and then watched the other party and then the weather roll in. Finished a MRE and some water and talks with the other party, which had a member that lived 15 miles away from us in Michigan---small world. Pelted with hail on the ridge line but it didn't last for too long.

Slid, jogged and hiked down fairly quickly. Surprised that the 6 hour hike was easily completed in a little over half the time. We reminded ourselves to slow down and enjoy the hike...but we did enjoy it at our pace. In fact, the punching through deep snow, sliding and jog down was second only to the peak.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1423 ft / 433 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1423 ft / 433 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ever changing, partly sunny to overcast to hail to partly cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1423 ft / 433 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Dunraven Pass to Mt. Washburn
    Start Trailhead:Dunraven Pass Parking Area  8820 ft / 2688 m
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1423 ft / 433 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:My. Washburn to Dunraven Passes
    End Trailhead:Dunraven Pass Parking Area  8820 ft / 2688 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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