Mountain height: 2,903
m (9,524 feet)
Elevation gain: 1,300 m
Ascent time: 3:25
Descent time: 1:50
of this scramble were the scenic journey through
reference, upon reaching the fork in the creek and then turning left, it is a
mistake to try and gain elevation and then traverse towards the Hood/Brock col
up high. Staying near the creek is far easier and there’s a trail almost the
whole way. I tried ascending a dry streambed and then traversing grassy and
treed slopes heading north. It quickly became evident that this route would
require all kinds of detours, as well as repeated elevation loss and gain. I
should have just retraced my steps back to the creek, however, I decided to
traverse the slopes and descend at the same time. This was, at times, quite
painstaking and frustrating and it didn’t help when I went through some high
vegetation that prompted my arms to break out in a lumpy rash – the first time
I’ve had an allergic reaction to anything out there.
The best part
of the ascent (and only moderate stretch of scrambling) was the section from the
top of the grass/shale slope to the Hood/Brock col. I ascended a water-worn
gully that avoided much of the tedious scree and provided an enjoyable way up.
From the col, a 20 minute plod along an obvious trail took me to the summit,
where the panorama was terrific. Obviously, Mount Brock, directly south, was the
most prominent and striking mountain. Several of the 11,000 ft. + were visible:
Joffre, King George, and
was quite rapid and I wisely choose to stay near the creek – much better than
my ascent route! Overall, a decent scramble, with the best part coming right at
the end – the summit view.
Some "untypical" scenery near the beginning; Sonny Bou has a good description at: http://members.shaw.ca/ssbou2001/hood.html
Trees and flowers; I really enjoyed the scenery on this slope, but I was way off course and had to lose a great deal of elevation to get back on track.
Mount Wintour to the south, looking quite tame; I assure you it's anything but tame!
Beautiful green slopes, with Mount Brock behind
More of the same...
More flowers, more green, and the summit of Mount Hood in the centre
At the summit, looking to the northeast; the green meadows on the east side of the mountain were stunning, in contrast with the rugged peaks
Looking to the northwest
The fantastic summit view of Mount Brock