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Ascent of Brown Mountain on 2018-03-12

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brown Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:7340 ft / 2237 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a great easy winter objective! The views of McLoughlin are spectacular, and due to the lava flows much of the descent is down wide open clearings lined by trees. As others have commented, the snow is also probably much more enjoyable than talus.

I parked at the Summit Sno-Park and dashed across the highway, where I put on my skis. Unfortunately the terrain drops about 60 feet before beginning the ascent on the other side of a small gulley. This would become heart breaking on the return, because it's steep enough that I couldn't go back up it without skins. One of my trekking poles also snapped in half as I was putting on my skis, and I was only barely able to make it functional again with tape. I did encounter a snowmobile trail down low, but it did not go in the right direction. Since I could not find any tracks to follow going up, I broke my own trail up the mountain. The grade is pretty gentle such that I never had a need to switchback. Snow coverage was a little light down low with volcanic rocks sticking out in some of the talus fields. I took a somewhat direct line up the mountain, and overall was pretty happy with it. I did not encounter other tracks until I reached the bowl just bellow the summit plateau. If I had to guess, most people are staying further to the east. It could be that there are less trees down low or better terrain.

The summit is treed and does not have views of McLoughlin though there are some decent views to the east. I stopped only long enough to snap a few photos and ski back to the top of the bowl where I ate lunch. From that vantage point McLoughlin towers over. It was a great descent to the car. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I didn't quite lock my right heel down, which later popped loose on the descent causing me to eat it hard. My broken pole was at that point unsalvageable, so I had to ski most of the way down with only one pole, which was annoying in a couple of the flat sections.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2663 ft / 811 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2663 ft / 811 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2594 ft / 790 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2370 ft / 723 m; Extra: 224 ft / 68m
    Loss on way in:224 ft / 68 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:North Slope
    Start Trailhead:Summit Sno-Park  4970 ft / 1514 m
    Time:1 Hours 34 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2439 ft / 743 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2370 ft / 723 m; Extra: 69 ft / 21m
    Gain on way out:69 ft / 21 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:North Slope
    End Trailhead:Summit Sno-Park  4970 ft / 1514 m
    Time:46 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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