Ascent of Mount Howard on 2017-07-04

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Howard
    Elevation:7063 ft / 2152 m

Ascent Trip Report

I highly recommend making a loop out of the Howard Mastiff traverse. The descent into the Royal Creek basin was a little annoying. At this time of year, there is lots of water and copious amounts of mosquitoes. However, the use trail descending from Mastiff is surprisingly well established and the grade is nice.

From Crescent Lake, I followed the recommendations of other trip reports and started up the boulder field at the far west end of the lake. That route wasn't bad, but I can't say I recommend it. It pretty quickly runs into cliffs that are flanked by thick slide alder, and I ended up bushwhacking for around 80 vertical feet before finding the open slopes above. I suspect it might be a bit more open albeit steeper near the lake outlet.

The traverse is pretty straightforward. Staying near the ridge is easier because it's steep on the west side so there are fewer trees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5245 ft / 1598 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5245 ft / 1597 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.3 mi / 19.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4695 ft / 1431 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4036 ft / 1230 m; Extra: 659 ft / 200m
    Loss on way in:659 ft / 200 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route:South Slope
    Start Trailhead:Merrit Lake TH  3027 ft / 922 m
    Time:2 Hours 57 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4586 ft / 1397 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4036 ft / 1230 m; Extra: 550 ft / 167m
    Gain on way out:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:South Slope
    End Trailhead:Merrit Lake TH  3027 ft / 922 m
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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