This route is a fairly popular Mazamas climb, but only because it is the easiest route up a much-desired peak. This a L O N G day up a hot, south facing scree couloir, occasional snow patches and then (finally) fun 3rd class boulder hopping near the top. Minimal technical skills and good endurance are required. Bring at least 3 liters of water if climbing in the late summer. Leave the rope, helmet, harness and pro at home - this is a scramble route. Use the nice creek at the trailhead to cool off your post climb beverages. Early season is a more enjoyable climb on snow rather than gravel. Forest fires are common in this area in the summer - call the USFS before you leave town to be sure the trails are open.
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