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Mesahchie Mark
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PostMon Aug 04, 2008 9:10 pm 
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Revenge Hike #2:  Mt Kent:  8/3/08

Last time I made a serious attempt for Mt Kent, a small point release slide off the east slope of McClellan Butte ended the day early, but thankfully no worse for the wear.  I know dicey got her revenge last year, but I hadn't found the opportunity.  So along rolls a free Sunday in the middle of summer, and the option is to do yard work.

I choose to hike!

I got started at the McClellan Mulct at the gloriously late time of 12:30 PM.  It didn't take long for my legs to remember the prior day's efforts - Oof.  After 30 minutes, though, I was back in the zone and cruising.  The second snow gully had me doing a double-take:  definitely a no fall zone!  I got there just in time to watch one young feller emerge from where a small tunnel had melted out.  Safe, but cold and wet.

I pushed on to southern-most point on the trail, some 2.5 miles from my start.  Here, I dropped 300 feet down a talus field to the dirt road below.  Following the map (and hearsay), I followed the road as it wrapped around the Point 4684' hill that lays between McClellan and Kent.  As I rounded back to the south side, I ran smack into a caravan of Seattle City Light personnel.  Not sure exactly what they were doing, but I was told kindly yet firmly that I should NOT be there - I was in the watershed.

Oops! embarassedlaugh.gif

Enlightened, I turned tail and headed back to where I first got on the road.  From there, I busted through the brush and began a long, clockwise contour around the aforementioned bump, staying roughly at 4400'.  I crossed several loose talus fields and employed vegetable belay early and often, arriving just above the outlet for lower Alice Lake.

I made a risky outlet crossing (risk of falling in), ran into more brush, then even more open talus.  I could see the dark forms of decent sized fish in the lake (trout?).  I then set my sights for the peak due south, only to second guess myself, check the map, and realize I needed to go east of the lakes.  Fingers crossed, I wandered up 500 ft of open talus, then back into steep-steep forest.  Fortunately, my heavy boots were able to cut footholds through the layers of pine needles.

I reached the ridge, but north of the summit.  In short order, I was on top - or was I?  That south peak sure looked close enough to be on par with where I stood.*  I then examined a small cairn designating the high point, and withdrew from its bowels a soggy ziploc bag containing shreds of paper and a piece of tupperware.  This was the summit register for Mt Kent, 5087'.  Time:  3:30 PM.

The views were nice to the north and to the east despite episodic low cloud cover.  I phoned home with the happy news, swatted bugs, entered my name in the "register" (NaturealBeing was there on 7/11/08 - no TR?), swatted more bugs, and had some lunch before leaving.  With the route now wired in my brain, I made short work of the return trip, save to circumnavigate Lower Alice Lake, and thus avoid a dunking.

I was back on the trail by 5:00 PM, out by 6:00 PM.  I was hoping to incorporate Mt Kent into the TNAB repitoire, but it's just a little too long and a little too sketchy to make it feasible.  Maybe if someone would do some trail building...nah!  I am now two fer two on revenge hikes - do you hear that, McGregor Mountain?   agree.gif

*I since checked my TOPO software and determined that the south peak is a good 80 feet shorter than the true summit.  Whew!

Pics:
Descent From McClellan Butte Trail
Descent From McClellan Butte Trail
Lower Alice Lake
Lower Alice Lake
Mt Kent South Peak
Mt Kent South Peak
Summit Cairn
Summit Cairn
Peek-a-boo of McClellan Butte
Peek-a-boo of McClellan Butte

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Mesahchie Mark
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PostMon Aug 04, 2008 10:25 pm 
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AWESOME!  Not many can claim to have been to the top of the famed Kent Peak!

As a TNAB? Uh, no.  That is a taxing mountain, no fall zones=not good.

Good work and congrats. You are certainly getting out a lot!
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PostMon Aug 04, 2008 10:45 pm 
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Mesahchie Mark wrote:

As I rounded back to the south side, I ran smack into a caravan of Seattle City Light personnel.  Not sure exactly what they were doing, but I was told kindly yet firmly that I should NOT be there - I was in the watershed.

Oops! embarassedlaugh.gif

Busted!
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PostMon Aug 04, 2008 10:58 pm 
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Not being from around these parts, I had to look up the whole Chester Morse watershed thing. Turns out Seattle City Light built a dam there to power the city many years ago. So, not only is the watershed for the water supply, its also for power. Here's the history:

http://washingtonlink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=2284
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PostMon Aug 04, 2008 11:19 pm 
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Congrats Mark for getting it done, Should we rate it a II-4-PI*
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