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Ascent of Mount Stone on 2017-08-12

Climber: Sarah Montgomery

Others in Party:Mountain Loop -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, August 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Stone
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6612 ft / 2015 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a very fun scramble. Zach and I had great weather and did not have to cross any snow.

We hiked up the climber's trail from Frog Pond. There were sticks and logs laying across the climbers trail, presumably to discourage folks from thinking it is the trail to Lake of the Angels, though we met about 5 hikers further up who had taken it accidentally despite the markings. This route roughly follows GPS tracks of Sam Grant and James Barlow on this site. Routes converge at about 5600 ft and wind around to the summit block.

The "crux" section had very good hand and footholds and in hindsight I think the looseish dirt/scree above this section is more concerning. The base of the crux was marked with a cairn, which inspired a bit of confidence.

On the way down, we departed our route up at about 5600 ft and followed a different climbers path (approximately Greg Slayden's GPS tracks) to Lake of the Angels. After some fun at the lake we ended up off trail on the way down and took ourselves on a long-cut back to Frog Pond. From there we followed the trail down. Here it started raining, but we were out of the steep stuff.

We woke up a bear in the dark and rain at approx 930 pm at approx 2100 ft near the creek between Whitehorse Creek and Boulder Creek. This spooked us pretty well as the bear made a ton of noise and crashed off down the hillside. We retreated and also made a lot of not-family-friendly noise. Coming back to that spot on the trail, we saw the bear downslope from us. We hastened out and hoped for no further critter encounters.

Zach led the scramble section. For that and his always-good company I am very thankful. I was so happy to ascend this mountain to gain my 19th WA county high point, and my 12th with Zach (his 18th). I consider this my halfway mark, as Mt Daniel is one summit that counts for 2 counties. I am excited to continue pursuing this list!
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