Ascent of Squak Mountain-West Peak on 2016-10-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Squak Mountain-West Peak
    Elevation:1995 ft / 608 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail system from Margaret's Way is kind of odd. Someone was running the area as a campground with power and water and you can see the old facilities and sites along the first mile or so but the roads were steep and narrow so it would not have accommodated trailers - I guess tent campers and cars? This was my second large prom. peak of the day having grabbed Rattlesnake earlier in the morning. The trails are in excellent condition and well marked or it would be confusing in places. The hike up to West Peak is very steep in sections I would call a class 1+

Not really any views just a hike in the woods. There was an old fireplace near the summit and at the rest, I saw the only living person all day. But not on my trail or on any of my summits.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1855 ft / 565 m
    Total Elevation Loss:465 ft / 141 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1825 ft / 556 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1605 ft / 490 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Loss on way in:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Central Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot at Margarets Way  390 ft / 118 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:245 ft / 74 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 215 ft / 66 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  1780 ft / 542 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Seattle in 24 hours4

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rattlesnake Ledge2016-10-05 a1215 ft / 370 m
2Rattlesnake Mountain2016-10-05 b1580 ft / 482 m
3Rattlesnake Ledge2016-10-05 c120 ft / 37 m
4Squak Mountain-West Peak2016-10-05 d1855 ft / 565 m
5Squak Mountain2016-10-05 e594 ft / 181 m
6Squak Mountain-West Peak2016-10-05 f465 ft / 142 m
Total Trip Gain: 5829 ft / 1777 m    Total Trip Loss: 5784 ft / 1764 m

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