Mineral Butte via SE ridge
Ben, Bruno, Carla, and I drove up Road 6330 (off of the North Fork
Skykomish Road) past the first big switch back and parked around
1,800'. I could have driven past two more switch backs but was
worried that I would run into rougher road and have to back down a
long way, as it turned out that wouldn't have been a problem.
We hiked Road 6330 up the SE ridge of Mineral Butte, the logging road
goes much higher than shown on GT or USGS. Occasionaly the clouds
would lift to reveal Spire Mtn, Scott Peak, and Bear Mountain, I'll
bet there are a lot of good views on a clear day! Except for the
final few hundred feet, the route was very moderate and well protected
from avalanches. The final few hundred feet were a sometimes steep
but straight-forward scramble up to the summit of Mineral Butte.
Elevation gain: approx. 3,605 feet
Trip type: scramble
USGS quad: Monte Cristo
In: North Fork Skykomish Drainage
Reference: Winter Climbs: One Day Ascents (out of print)
Car-to-car time: 7 hours 33 minutes
- 4 hours 16 minutes ascending from car to summit of Mineral Butte
- 2 hours 47 minutes descending from summit of Mineral Butte to car
Snowshoeing up Road 6330 on Mineral Butte
Scott Peak almost shows itself
Copyright © 2006 Gabriel Deal.