Malcolm & Johnson Mountains


Alpine Scramble - Malcolm & Johnson Mountains

Get out there before snow blocks the road...

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  • Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0
  • Elevation Gain: 4,300 ft

Issaquah Transit Center 6:00 AM

As you probably noticed, I changed the destination from DeRoux to Malcolm Mountain.  DeRoux would have been fine this Saturday, but we scrambled it last Saturday as a backup to Ingalls, which would have been too slippery.


In addition to Malcolm, we will also scramble Johnson Peak (5220’) and maybe bump 5343 NE of Malcolm.  Attached is a JPG showing the route, (we will go counter clockwise).  Please print this out or bring your own map.

The trip posting is currently referencing just the hiking part of our trip and does not include the two peaks, (I will fix that after the trip).  The two peaks are not very technical, so this will probably be a Strenuous=3 and Technical=2 (maybe 3). 

The distance will be 10 miles of mostly easy trail and 3 miles of relatively easy off trail scrambling.  Plan on a full day, (but at a moderate pace).

This is a loop trip, so if you are not feeling well, you can’t just hang out and wait for us to come back.

There are no good water sources near the middle part of the loop, so bring plenty of water and drink a bunch in the car on the way there.


I am not bringing my snowshoes or ice axe.  There will be snow above 5000’, but not enough to worry about.  However, I am bringing poles in case it is slippery.  I’m not bringing Yaktraks/Microspikes, but you can if you want.


The terrain is not very technical, so helmets are optional.  You don’t need to bring a harness.


The temperatures will be in the 40’s during the day, which will feel warmer if it really is sunny.  But the night time temps will be around freezing, so make sure you have winter grade emergency clothing.  Do not show up at the park and ride with a skimpy summer-weight pack. 




Malcolm & Johnson Mountains

  • Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    USGS Teanaway Butte

    USGS Mount Stuart
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe  (no required because there won't be enough snow, but trekking poles are advised).
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