Winter Scramble - Mutton Mountain


Winter Scramble - Mutton Mountain

Great winter vistas with ‘less wet’ conditions courtesy of the Mount Rainier rain shadow. This strenuous traverse (~5000’ gain, ~15 miles ) to Mutton Mountain and Noble Knob has a reasonable winter commute provided by highway 410.

  • Sat, May 18, 2024
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling Subcommittee - Winter Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Adults
  • Winter Scramble, Strenuous 5, Technical 3
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,156 ft

Arranged via email.

Please refrain from asking leader’s permission until the week before signup opens.

An interesting counter-clockwise traverse with recent forest fire remnants providing unique photo opportunities.  After departing from the Ranger Creek trailhead we will travel SSE on snow covered trail to reach the Deep Creek Trail (our ascent route for Mutton Mountain).  From Mutton Mountain we will backtrack a bit before following the ridge in a northerly direction to reach Noble Knob.  After another bit of backtracking we fill finish up by traversing the ridge to reach the Ranger Creek Trail junction (our descent route to the cars). 

This trip will likely resemble the one described in this trip report, albeit with a bit more daylight hours.  Photos from past trips can be seen here.


Mutton Mountain

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