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[TR] Mount Hood - Pearly Gates, South Side 05/11/2019

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Trip: Mount Hood - Pearly Gates, South Side

Trip Date: 05/11/2019

Trip Report:


Getting there:
Left Seattle area around 7:30 PM Friday 5/10, we got to parking lot in Timberline at 12 AM. Several parties were departing at that time towards the summit, my partner and I decided to sleep a couple hours before. We slept until 2:30 AM and set out towards the summit at 3:00 AM.

Snow starts from parking lot, no need for snowshoes if climbing at night. We put on crampons at 7200 elevation because it was getting icy. Upon reaching the hogg's back we chose to follow the crowds and went via the Pearly Gates, it's very icy there now and extremely crowded. Crampons and ice axe and helmet is all you need. some people had ice tools, but it's unnecessary. I counted at least 200 people climbing through out the day on the mountain.

We got to the summit at 8 am. Gorgeous views as it was a very clear day.

We attempted to go down via Old Chute to avoid the bottleneck in the pearly gates. Some people were climbing via old chute, but I decided to explore a different route alternate path right next to pearly gates, this proved to be an excellent choice as it avoided bottleneck and felt safer than the old chute.

5 hours from parking lot to summit ( we were going very slow).
2h40m from peak to car. Last 2 miles felt like forever as you see cars very near yet very far.
5100 feet gain.
8-9 miles rt, can't really say as gps was acting up.




Gear Notes:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Helmet

Approach Notes:
Paved road all the way. Snow stats from parking lot.








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