September 7, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Due to a so-so weather forecast, location changed from Gothic Peak to Goat Island Mountain located NE of Mt Rainier.
Gothic Peak located off of the Mountain Loop Highway, is an off-trail Class 2 alpine scramble on steep terrain including scree, dirt and rock. The final summit block, on rock, is steep and exposed.
The following Class 2 rating description is from the book Climbing Washington's Mountains: Easy scrambling with some exposure where you could be killed or seriously injured in a fall, but where you aren't likely to fall off unless you make a serious blunder. Use of hands and feet required. Might seem scary in places to inexperienced scramblers but not technically difficult.
Skills: Class 2 alpine rock scrambling experience.
Gear: Ten Essentials
Distance: 11 miles roundtrip
Elevation gain: 4,000 feet
Pace: Moderate (~800 ft of elevation gain per hour)
Duration: ~5 hour ascent and ~4 hour descent
Difficulty: Very strenuous
Permit: NW Forest Pass
Drive duration from park-n-ride to trailhead: 90 mins
Carpooling and fuel reimbursement: Riders please bring cash (10 cents per mile per passenger) to compensate your driver