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Ascent of Larch Mountain on 2017-03-01

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Larch Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2660 ft / 810 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was looking for something to summit and figured that at such a low elevation the snow would be manageable. As other have stated, the roads are all well graded and drained. So driving in is no problem even when they are soaked. However, snow was encountered just a little above 1000 ft. It had been raining on and off, so it was quite slushy. I ran into someone else that had been fighting it and turned around, so rather than deal with getting stuck I parked on the side of the road.

With the roads snowed in, the hike was pleasant. Above 2000 ft the base was more than a foot deep. Floatation wasn't necessary because some people had got trucks up there (presumably before the snow turned into a slushy mess) leaving nice tracks to walk in. My phone died leaving me without a GPS track or map. I wasn't sure which road to take from the saddle to Larch, and eventually had to do some minor bushwhacking up the ridge.

On my way back, I founded the signed Capitol trail that leads to the summit of Capitol Peak. The trail also continued straight down the ridge to about where my car was parked making the descent much more direct and quicker.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1273 ft / 388 m
    Route:Forest Roads
    Trailhead:1387 ft / 422 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds



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