Mt. Mystery . . . who could not wonder about a peak with such a cool name as this? Next door to taller and more famous Mt. Deception, Mystery is best approached from Royal Basin. The guidebook gives an alternate approach from Dosewallips River trial, but this route seems a lot more hazardous and trickier routefinding. This is a nice scramble peak in a remote setting, beautiful basecamp in upper Royal Basin, mellow glacier approach, and moderate scrambling with 1 pitch of 4th class near the top. This climb should be done more often!
|Driving Distance from Portland||210 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||4 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in two or more days|
|Relevant Books||Climber's Guide to the Olympic Mountains by Olympic Mountain Rescue Climbing Washington's Mountains by Jeff Smoot (read the Mt. Deception description for driving directions to trailhead and hike in to basecamp.)|
|Relevant Maps||Custom Correct Maps, Grey Wolf - Dosewallips and Buckhorn Wilderness, USGS Mt Deception, Green Trails #136 <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?hl="en&ie=UTF8&ll=47.795975,-123.217506&spn=0.035402,0.090466&t=p&z=14"" title="Google maps">Google maps</href="http:>|