McClellan Butte

Summit: 5,612ft

9m 3700ft gain

Off all the peaks along the I-90 Corridor this is the one I look forward to seeing the most when driving east or west! I never knew a butte could have such a prominent summit. From the road it doesn’t look attainable without rope but as you can see in the picture below the backside offers a non technical route up. Keep in mind you’ll still have an exposed scramble up the summit block. Plenty of great hand holds but don’t attempt if wet.

From Tinkham Road:

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From the Ira Spring Trail:

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From Kaleetan Peak:

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From Red Mountain:

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From Silver Peak:

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From Snoqualmie Mountain:

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1st Trip: 8/6/18

I took Moose up Mount Catherine the day before but with the weather still looking great I jumped at the opportunity to stand on top of that pointy peak I always see driving to and from the pass. I made it a quick trip to get back to Moose since Ellie was out of town. It was a trademark ‘no stops til the top’ ascent although I did stop to say hello to a few butterflies.

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The short scramble is fun with plenty of solid rock to hold on to. A fall here would not be good.

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Once on top there’s plenty of space to spread out and take a break. I felt pretty mighty standing over I-90 and being the only person on the mountain that Tuesday afternoon.

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Love a good shadow selfie!

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2nd Trip: 11/3/19

Took the Shirley’s up the beautiful butte on a lovely Sunday morning. We made light work of the steep maintained trail and carefully took on the scramble. Rainier was out in full force!

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This one will always be worthy of a return trip!

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