Ascent of Mount Stuart on 2009-08-30

Climber: Davin Jaggard

Date:Sunday, August 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Stuart
    Elevation:9415 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

We went in via the LONS PASS trail and camped at the intersection of the Ingalls creek trail and Turnpike Creek trail.From here if you want to take the climbers trail up to the summit, just walk from this intersection up the field staying to the left along the trees. You will see the trail and enter the woods, about 50 to 100' above the big tree roots. Sunday, a warm sunny day and we departed camp at 6:30am. We went to the right of the field and climbed the Cascadian Couloir to make the climb easier. Feeling that going up rock is better then going up a sandy area or wooded trail. I think it was better.
There are plenty of cairns (after you get up 1500') to mark the trail however they mark several routes. As you get up to the false summit, it gets a little better.
At the false summit, we stayed to the left of the snow. Actually climbing along the snow edge until 70' up or so then moving more to the left.
After rounding the false summit, it was easy going. Only 1 area was a little rough. We had to lower or climb down an area about 10' although it looked difficult, there were plenty of hand and foot holds.
The remaining climb to the summit was easy going. From the false summit it is a scramble the remaining way to the summit. On the way up, there was only 1 person heading down.
Climbing back down along the snowfield, we passed 2 guys heading up. I will say that I purchased a helmet for this trip and was glad to have it. A rock was kicked on the way down and I had to yell "rock" to warn the 2 on the way up. On this trip, even if you do not see someone, yell "rock". We didn't see them (the 2 guys)and that rock was moving!
On the way down, we took the climbers trail that takes us into the trees and right back to camp at the end of Turnpike Creek trail. Packed up camp and hiked back to the truck. We got back at roughly 8pm. A long day but a great climb. No wildlife viewed this hike. I wish we had seen some goats!!
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    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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