East Face of King Creek Ridge, 5.3
FA- G.Cornell and J.Miller, Spring 1999
A route only worth doing if you have descended from the Mt.Hood scramble, as it makes a much faster alternative to thrashing back down the forest. Once done, you will be on top of another summit in minutes – King Creek Ridge – and a good trail from here leads back to the parking lot at King Creek. Rope and gear is not required or of any use, however old rock shoes are a plus.
From the Hood-King Creek Ridge col, hike up a dirty treed slope to the base of the east face. Move left, and climb the snout of broken rock for about 70m to the overhanging yellow wall. Take a spectacular, fun, protected alleyway right(north) about 100m until it peters out.
Climb an exposed and slightly overhanging bulge(crux), basically a bouldering move, on good positive holds to a bay, then up a shorter wall to the top. A fall anywhere here would surely be fatal.
Once on top of the grassy ridge, hike to the summit in a few seconds. Take the trail down to the car.