This climb has become one of my favorites and I think I will try and make it an annual trip from now on every late summer/fall. It's 5100 feet of gain in 4 miles or so. I timed myself last year and got 3:45 car to summit, made some progress and put in a time of 3:23 this year.
It's a good climb to just grind away uphill and get in some fun 3rd class scrambling to a spire like summit. The clouds were rolling in and out up high. I guess everyone had plans on Labor day because I was the only one on the summit and didn't see anyone else besides passing 3 people on the trail and then back at the lake on the way out. I won't go into too much detail about the route as there are other TR's that explain it very well. *Involves some bushwacking.
Ascend the grassy ledges on the right to attain the ridge.
Anderson, where I was the weekend before.
From where I came.
Not as intimadating as it looks. Ascend here once the ridge is reached.
Good pictures Jason; that one is definitely a fun scramble (I've gone about once every two years now too). I'm surprised you didn't see a lot more people at the lake. You should check out the other peaks in that general vicinity too (Mt. Lena, Skokomish, Bretherton, Henderson, Gladys). Thanks for posting the TR.
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Great report. We just did this yesterday and traversed over the ridge to Skokomish. The last little climb on Stone was a beauty. Can't say the same about Skokomish; I'll never go back there. It was Choss City, population: 3.
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