Ascent of Olallie Butte on 2016-07-09

Climber: Daniel Mick

Others in Party:Ardel Frick
Date:Saturday, July 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Olallie Butte
    Elevation:7215 ft / 2199 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting to the TH is obvious with Google Maps. We took 224 in and it was paved and marked until the final few miles of dirt road. The TH has a pull out and is marked with small signs. US Topo shows the summit trail though it's not marked on other topo resources which is odd since this is obviously a well-traveled trail. There were even trail repair volunteers clearing small downed logs on our hike up.

Note: If going to the summit, the trail is well-maintained and moderate, a nice day hike. If bagging the Waso CoHP, we left the trail at a major switch back at ~6520. It's ~100 yards to the ridge. The descent is ~3rd class, but relatively easy if you slowly pick your way and zig-zag back and forth. Your aim is the rock fall chute beyond the trees. We headed WSW to the highpoint which is on a large flat rock. A red coffee register is there to sign. We rebuilt the cairns to be much more obvious, and removed an alternate Southern cairn which high-accuracy GPS showed was incorrect.

If continuing on to Olallie Butte summit from CoHP, go back up the way you descended, or take the Northern most gully. Do NOT try to traverse around unless you're seeking fine loose pumice traverse and 4th/5th class scrambling, or a wide long traverse far out of your way to avoid the summit block. The second chute is much steeper than it appears and is composed of dusty rotten volcanic rock. There is a geologic seam that we followed up which was much more secure, but it included two low 5th class moves and loose rock to pummel partners. It would have saved us a lot of time and misery to reascend the bowl ridge and take the nice trail to the summit.

The summit area is flat and has foundations for several old buildings. We were socked out by clouds at the top, but views of Jefferson and other Cascades are supposed to be astounding. Great views of all the Olallie lakes on the way down.

1/1 ACCESS - obvious access from Detroit Lake or 224 South
1/2 REMOTENESS (Popularity, Sight/Sound) - on the way to a popular resort and camping destination. No other hikers on the trail but likely would be on a nicer day.
1/1 CONDITION - well-maintained trail, moderate scramble to CoHP
1/3 VARIETY (Flora and Fauna, Geological, Terrain) - Cascade forest, very airy volcanic rocks, a few flowers
3/3 VIEWS - nice views to the East from the CoHP, but nothing stellar compared to the Olallie Butte summit
TOTAL 7/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

Ultimate OR & WA Lists: CoHP, CoPP, Top e100, Top p100
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3812 ft / 1160 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3812 ft / 1160 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3225 ft / 982 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2638 ft / 804 m; Extra: 587 ft / 178m
    Loss on way in:587 ft / 178 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Olallie Butte Trail
    Start Trailhead:Olallie Butte TH  4577 ft / 1395 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3225 ft / 982 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2638 ft / 804 m; Extra: 587 ft / 178m
    Gain on way out:587 ft / 178 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Olallie Butte Trail
    End Trailhead:Olallie Butte TH  4577 ft / 1395 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Olallie Butte

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Olallie Butte-Northeast Slope2016-07-091703 ft / 519 m
2Olallie Butte2016-07-093812 ft / 1162 m
Total Trip Gain: 5515 ft / 1681 m    Total Trip Loss: 3812 ft / 1162 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Daniel Mick
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