Mutton Mountain

Mutton Mountain, Mt. Rainier in the background

When I hear the word “mutton” the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic scene in Princess Bride, not a local mountain. Wait…you can’t remember the scene in Princess Bride?!

Westley: True love…..

Inigo: True love, you heard him? You couldn’t ask for a more noble cause than that.

Miracle Max: Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice MLT, Mutton, Lettuce and Tomato sandwhich where the mutton is nice and lean. And the tomato’s ripe. They’re so perky, I love that. But that’s not what he said. He disstinctively said, “to blave.” And we all know, “to blave” means “to bluff.” So you were probably playing cards and he cheated.

Ah, but I digress…

It was a beautiful day today, and 11 intrepid Mountaineers drove to the woods just outside of Greenwater in search of a summit. The summit of Mutton Mountain to be precise.

The trail is a mellow meander though the forest for about 3000′ then it tosses you onto a snow covered ridge for the final approach to the summit. All in all, we had a great time.

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Trip Beta:

Driving Directions: From Enumclaw, drive east on Hwy 410. One mile past Buck Creek Campground tun left on FS 7170. Park at the side of the road just below the turn around.

Route: Walk to the loop at the end of the road (elev. 2760′) to the start of the trail. About 100 yards up the trail, take the left spur (Deep Creek trail 1196). Hike through the forest to the junction with the Noble Knob trail (5800′). Continue west (right) on the Noble Knob trail to the saddle immediately west of Mutton Mountain. Continue up the moderate slopes of Mutton’s west ridge to the summit.

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