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McClellan Bute, WA

McClellan Butte is near exit 42 on I-90. It is south of Mail Box Peak, a future hike for me I'm sure. We started from a parking area off road 55 at an elevation of about 1,600 feet. The trail to McClellan Butte will be 4.1 miles each way. The final elevation will be 5,162 feet.

We started out at about 7:15 am on a cloudy morning. As we hiked along the trail we quickly reached the same elevation as the clouds. In fact, it wasn't until we reached the very top that we got out of the clouds and that was because we were above them.

Hiking time to the top was 4 hours. Hiking time back to the car was 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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I don't know the name of this flower but it certainly is pretty. Update Sep. 4th, 2005 A visitor to this page let me know that this flower is called a Foxglove and that it is toxic. I also read that the heart medication digitalis was derived from the Foxglove. Much of the trail to McClellan Butte is through a thick forest. The forest was once clear cut so the trees that are left a fairly young. The entire hike up to McClellan Butte was in the clouds.
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It is difficult to see in this picture, but, this tree has about four little spider webs in it. If you look closely you can see the little patches of white cob web. It is August 10th and we still ran in to a few large chunks of snow. As we came around the south east side of McClellan Butte the air started to drip. This moss on the side of a tree collected some of the water.
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On the other side of the tree, that had the moss, was this little spider web. This is McClellan Butte from the south side. One has to climb up the rock face to reach the actual peak. We have arrived! Not much of a few at this moment. But, still cool to be up in the clouds at 5162 feet.
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The view changed by the second due to the clouds moving. This picture is looking down from McClellan Butte from the north west side. My foot gives some perspective. This is what most of our first views form McClellan Butte looked like. The patch in the middle of the picture is a mountain on the north side of I-90. The next five pictures were taken as the clouds revealed different views for us.
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Greg made it! This picture was taken shortly before we left. The clouds have cleared up somewhat since we first arrived. This is Mt. Kent as seen on our decent from McClellan Bute.
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A close up of Mt. Kent. McClellan Butte from the north side of exit 42 on I-90. That little point in the clouds is where we were! A close up of McClellan Butte.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Sony DCR-PC100 1-mega pixel camera. Email me if you would like a higher resolution version of any of these pictures.