McClellan Butte


Day Hike - McClellan Butte

Hike up into the snow, great views and a great workout.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft

8AM Tibbets Lot--Issaquah

This trip is weather and snow depth dependent.  There are avalache gullies on the way up.  They should be  mostly clear now and soon bare with all the sun forcasted, however snow may return before our trip.  If significant snow falls below 5000' the trip will be changed to a safer destination.  Possible alternate candidates are Little Bandara/Mason Lake or Lake Alaska/Gold Creek Valley.  The trip will also be cancelled if steady rain is forcasted or possibly moved to Sunday if that is a better weather day.

Note:  This is a difficult, steep and  possibly snow on trail trip. We will not be doing the last ,short scrambly portion to the summit as this is a Day Hike. Leader's permission is required.  In contacting me please answer these four questions.

1)  I have done a comparably challenging trip this year, 3700' gain, 9 miles. Please list the hike(s).

2)  I have and will bring hiking or mountaineering boots (no trail-runners), microspikes, two-trekking poles, gaiters, gloves, hat and other warms clothes/layers.

3) I am comfortable hiking in the snow.

4) I am aware and comfortable with the possibility that the trail may be obscured by snow and some minor route finding might be required.



McClellan Butte

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Hiking or mountaineering boot
  12. Warm hat, gloves and warm clothing layers
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