Ascent of Iron Mountain on 2018-06-26

Climber: Paul Kallmann

Date:Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Iron Mountain
    Elevation:6283 ft / 1915 m

Ascent Trip Report

Olympia Mountaineers Scramble: 6/26/18 - Led a group of 8 to a successful ascent of Iron and Copper:

7am meet time at Kautz Creek trailhead. We were on the trail at 7:20. We made good time until the 4,700 foot level where snow on the trail slowed us down. It took 3h 15 minutes to get to Indian Henry's Patrol Cabin. After a break, we headed up the hill behind the patrol cabin. Just prior to the saddle, we traversed south to catch Iron Peak first. We stayed west of the two small rock outcroppings (visible on the map) and then fought our way up the NW side of Iron. There is slippery heather and avalanche lillies to contend with, but the whole party made it to the top of Iron which is nearly completely covered in snow. We descended the same way we came up but then traversed the saddle to catch Copper. We went up a small notch to catch the snowfield on Copper, but this was extremely difficult due to the brush and we were bushwhacking our way through. Once on the snowfield, it was an easy snow travel up and we were able to easily hike up the last 50 feet to the summit itself. On the way down, we found easier terrain by going slightly further north on the west facing side of Copper. Descent back down to the patrol cabin was uneventful. We continued back on the Kautz Creek trail arriving back to the car at 5:45pm. Both peaks were clearly T3's and required bushwhacking and the occasional veggie belay. We brought a rope but did not use it. Ice axes were used, the microspikes were not.

Total time: 10h 25 minutes (including breaks)

Mileage: 13.5 miles, elevation gained: 4,840 feet)

Weather: Mostly cloudy. Skies cleared later in the day after we got back to the cars.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3883 ft / 1183 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3883 ft / 1183 m
    Start Trailhead:Kautz Creek  2400 ft / 731 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Iron and Copper Mountain (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Iron Mountain2018-06-263883 ft / 1184 m
2Copper Mountain2018-06-26 
Total Trip Gain: 3883 ft / 1184 m    Total Trip Loss: 3880 ft / 1183 m

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