En route to Shasta, I couldn't stand driving any longer when I saw Mt. Scott to the west. So I turned off the highway on a road heading due west toward this old volcano. The straight-forwardness of the drive changed as I started getting into the foothills. Several times trees covered the road and I'd try the next road that might provide access. In the end, it was a snow drift that stopped me but not after driving over a tree and being the first to blast through some smaller drifts.
Spring travel tip: Bring a chainsaw
I had to do some off-trail hiking to get to the snow but nothing like the concurrent Mt Jefferson expedition. I was kinda late getting out so I hiked/skinned for 3 hours and made to a gentle eastern ridge. I was tempted to summit but I knew I'd be pushing daylight already.
Thielsen, temple of Odin
The next day started off bright and shiny. It wasn't until I was a few miles in that I realized that I'd lost my sunglasses. The forest still offered shade and I still had my goggles so I carried on. As the trees became thinner, I would point my skis toward some objective and skin with closed eyes. In fact, I ended up doing this a lot since it was really too hot for goggles.
As the morning wore, some airplanes were courteous enough to provide light cloud cover which eased my eyes slightly. The east ridge is a great skin route once you get to it. Even though it seemed like a long approach, it only took 3 hours from car to summit!
And then the breakover view.
Looking south to McLoughlin and Shasta (partly obscured).
The lookout on the summit
Putting the look to lookout
Scoping the west side, I find a large chute to the north of the main bowls. It's looking good and corny, the view is unstoppable, and the climb out is gonna be real.
Another shot of the caldera, this time with ancient tree.
Lower chute taken from the ridge
Several wires running up the ridge to the lookout.
Looking down the mixed route
I found this summer image and added descent/ascent lines and took the liberty of naming the route simply "Scots chute". If anyone knows this route by another name, please chirp in.
Topped out now let's go back the other way to the jeep.
Did I mention there were mosquitoes?
No chainsaw, but I can handle this
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Post subject: Re: Two sides of Mt. Scott - Crater Lake
Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 12:05 pm
Joined: Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:38 pm Posts: 321 Location: Eugene, Oregon and Eden, Utah
Awesome. We rode that same chute last year. It was bullet proof but the views were so worth it. We climbed back up the main bowl to get back to the summit ridge and drop back down the west side any path to the truck.