The Brothers

The Brothers Trip Report (#16721)

Departed for the Brother's forest camp at 4:30 PM and reached it at 7 PM, after hiking the 6.2 miles and gaining about 2300'. No one else was camping there, much to our delight. Started for the summit the next day at 7 AM, following the flagged climbers' trail through the steep woods until it emerged at a rocky gully at 4000'. Followed the scree trail to the right at the top of the gully, ultimately leading to the rocky open slopes below the peak. More scrambling through loose scree following another gully to the right just before the skyline saddle. Summited at 10 AM, enjoying the views of Puget Sound, Hood Canal and the interior Olympic Range. My hiking companions, Laura and Luann, wanted to stay there all day and bask in the warm sun on a windless day. Can't blame them for their delight. The descent was difficult on loose scree; ice axes and climbing helmets are almost required this late in the season, though there is no snow--the axe is for stability only. A great scramble with delightful and awesome women!

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