Nov 01, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: McClellan Butte
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
- Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District
- Trails: McClellan Butte (#1015)
- Avg Rating: 3.45
- Be Aware Of
- Clogged drainage
- Snow on trail
There are 4 blowdowns which are easy to walk over or under but which could stand clearing. It's the drainages that need the most attention. Many are filled with twigs and detritus and will need clearing next spring. The snow above 3000 is just a dusting right now but with thaw and freeze, it makes some spots slippery. It took me 3.5 hours up and 2.75 hours down.
The view from the top at which most of us stop is either up or down the 1-90 corridor. If you are a spider with climbing gear and lots of technical experience, you might try the ascent up Perilous Rock, the pinnacle of McClellan Butte. My life insurance has an exclusion for climbing slippery loose rocks with 2,000 vertical cliffs on three sides.
For myself the most precious part of this hike is the very beginning early in the morning when the sunbeams stream through the tall black trees. It's magic.