Duke of Kent by Mount Kent and McClellan Butte / 肯特公爵

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Other than McClellan Butte, we have only visited Mount Kent in Alice Creek Basin. I couldn’t find many reports on Duke of Kent or Duchess of Kent. But I knew it would be less sketchy to try either one without the snow.

Duke of Kent awaits
Duke of Kent awaits

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Duke of Kent at a Glance

Access: NF-9020 end of drivable road
Round Trip: 6.4 miles
Elevation Range: 2160′-4840′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the road

Hiking up to the Talus

We hiked Road 9020-110 to the end. Then we took the faint path and went through the alder swatch. It was a tight squeeze, but still doable. Afterward, we worked our way up through the talus. We aimed for the two gullies to the north of Duke of Kent.

From the bottom, it was hard to know which gully made a better route. So I picked the left one because it looked less steep. Lower part of the route was full of choss and less steep. But of course, the higher we went, the path steepened and narrowed.

Going through the slide alder
Going through the slide alder

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Exting the Gully

Halfway up the chimney, there was a step next to the rock wall. But it was taller than my head. So after guiding the pup, I then stemmed my way up the ledge. But I wish there were many holds.

At one point, I dropped one of my trekking poles down the chimney. But I didn’t feel like downclimbing to get it. So if anyone finds a trekking pole in the gully, feel free to keep it.

Looking down from the gully
Looking down from the gully

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The Final Stretch

At last, we exited the gully through a notch at the top. Then we followed what looked like a ramp west of the ridge. So we could go around and up through the cliffs. We then moved to the east of the ridgeline above the outcrops.

The terrain here was more moderate and a lot less steep. There were lots of steep slabs on the east slopes. But we could still downclimb a bit and go around them without issues. Soon, we were below the summit on the south side. Then we finished the last bit of scramble up to the top.

The final stretch on Duke of Kent
The final stretch on Duke of Kent

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Duke of Kent Summit Views

Wow. All that hard work had paid off! Views up here were excellent. South Fork Snoqualmie River Valley was to the east. Plus, to the north was the entire stretch of the popular hiking spots. Though, I didn’t see anything past McClellan Butte since it was taller.

Nearby views included Mailbox Peak, Dirtybox Peak, Putrid Petes Peak, Web Mountain, and Mount Defiance. Mount Kent, Duchess of Kent, and McClellan Butte were here in the basin. Plus, many well-known peaks by Snoqualmie Pass.

Duchess of Kent to the north
Duchess of Kent to the north

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Outro

On the way down, we moved through heather and rocks to reach Duke of Kent’s south notch. From there, we worked our way out of the thickets and stumbled upon a trail. Interesting that the path ended at 20′ above dropoff.

Later we dropped 200′ to bypass Duke of Kent’s west cliffs. Soon, we joined our route on the north end of the rock field. Then we continued down the road hiked back to the car.

South Fork Snoqualmie River lineup
South Fork Snoqualmie River lineup

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