McClellan Butte solo – 10/24/15

Shaky camera work looking straight down
Shaky camera work looking straight down

I met up with another hiker not far from the McClellan Butte summit and he said he would show me the safest path up the almost-vertical scramble.  So I followed him maybe 1/4 of the way and when I noticed that the natural “steps” were about 2 inches wide and that any slip would be fatal I decided to call it a hike.

I did turn around and, shakily (I was more or less petrified) took a photo looking down.  Enough said.  I made it back.

McClellan Butte is such a wonderful hike – really a great workout and plenty of nice views:

View NE from McClellan Butte trail
View NE from McClellan Butte trail
Chester Morse Lake
Chester Morse Lake

One noteworthy aspect of this trail is the switchback section.  I cannot count from the GPX file on the map because they are so thick in some places, but I think there are about 15 switchbacks in the space of about a mile.  It is steep!  Here is a view from just about the middle of the section:

In the middle of switchback city
In the middle of switchback city

Total hike today was 10.2 miles round trip, 3550 feet of elevation gain, 5 hours and 15 minutes total.  Perfect weather, no rain, no hot sun, just great.

I ran into 8 or 9 trail runners today.  These are people who RUN all the way up and all the way down.  Amazing.  I would like to think that I am pretty fit to be able to hike 10 miles up and down a mountain but I am a couch potato compared to the runners.

Respect!

Here is a link to a Garmin ‘adventure’ of the hike so you can see it on a map and look at the elevation profile (for anyone thinking about doing this hike):

http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/djhiker/mcclellan-butte-10-24-15/#.ViwAapXlupo

Here is sort of what this hiking thing is about.  This is a photo I took on the way down, not far from the trail head.  The view is of a mountain a few miles north of McClellan Butte.

That’s about what you do when you hike around here.

The top from near the bottom
The top from near the bottom

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