Ascent of Saddle Mountain on 2018-03-10

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, March 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddle Mountain
    Elevation:3283 ft / 1000 m

Ascent Trip Report

I woke up early for this one figuring I could knock it out quickly and have plenty of time for West Onion later in the day. The drive in easy on a paved road with only a couple substantial potholes to watch out for. There is a gate with a closed for winter sign that could be used to block access to the trailhead, but it sounds like it's never closed.

Anyway, I set off a little bit before sunrise and made good time on the very well established trail. Wire grating has been put down in places to provide traction over slippery rocks and railings have been installed in almost all the areas that have any amount of exposure. I hit the first snow on the trail at the switchbacks around 2000' any 2400' it was consistent all the way to the summit. There was only one patch of ice, which was easily avoided. I did carry crampons and an ice axe in case, but never at any point did I consider pulling them out. Though, I'm sure in some conditions the snow can be icy rather than crusty, which could necessitate gear.

I enjoyed the sunrise from the summit as well as the expansive views up into Washington and down the Oregon coast. What a spectacular view on a clear day. It was quite windy, so I didn't stay long and returned to my car to head out to the coast for the next objective.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1902 ft / 579 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1902 ft / 579 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1775 ft / 541 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1648 ft / 502 m; Extra: 127 ft / 38m
    Loss on way in:127 ft / 38 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Saddle Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Saddle Mountain TH  1635 ft / 498 m
    Time:53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1775 ft / 541 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1648 ft / 502 m; Extra: 127 ft / 38m
    Gain on way out:127 ft / 38 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Saddle Mountain Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle Mountain TH  1635 ft / 498 m
    Time:44 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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