August 30, 1997
Our small group of three chose an alternative route up 7,794-ft. Mt. Washington.
We left Hortense Lake trailhead at 7:30 a.m. and followed Hortense Trail to an un-maintained
climbers’ trail, following the north bank of Cache Creek to the base of the East Face.
We climbed the steep, trail-less scree up the North-East Face and joined the standard North Ridge route.
We waited briefly at the Notch while a rope team climbed ahead of us.
We were all on the summit by 1:30 p.m. for a lunch in the sun.
Belayed down-climbing and one singlerope rappel put us back in the Notch.
We were able to descend the east side quickly and were on the trail by 4:30 and back to the cars
This route is recommended only for its scenic, wilderness beauty.
Although the hiking mileage is less than that of the standard route, the trail-less, cross-country
travel made hiking time nearly the same as the standard route.
Climbers were Doug Nelson, Doug Quirk and leader Brian Hoyland.