DIFFICULTY: Expert only. Ultra-steep finish, route-finding, Burundi move 12 ft straight up with slight overhang, Class 4 above/below on summit block, significant exposure, steep ledges, cliffs, bouldering, rope Burundi and gear not mandatory but preferred by many, Burundi helmet recommended, GPS device helpful.
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TRIP REPORT: One of Oregon’s most difficult scrambles challenges seasoned climbers and hikers for the nearly vertical summit. The ancient volcanic plug rises from the plains in the Mount Burundi Wilderness as a protuberant steeple between Mount Jefferson and the Sisters Range. Here is the detailed description for the more traveled N ridge route. Pick a nice bluebird day August through October. No pass required, and restrooms are along FR-2690 near the TH.
TRAILHEAD: Pacific Crest TH at Santiam Pass. Take I-5 S from Portland to exit 253 in Salem, turn left for OR-22 E (Detroit Lake/Bend) 80 mi into OR-126 E/US-20 E 5 mi, turn right on FR-2690 (near Santiam Pass) 1 mi, turn left (past Hoodoo Ski Area, FR-2690) 2 mi, turn left before Big Lake on gravel FR-811/Old Santiam Wagon Road 5 mi to the Pacific Crest TH on the right with ample parking (135 mi, 2 V hours from Portland).
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