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Mount Kent
Mt Kent.jpg
Mount Kent, north aspect
Highest point
Elevation 5,087 ft (1,551 m)
Prominence 647 ft (197 m)
Isolation 1.15 mi (1.85 km)
Parent peak McClellan Butte (5,162 ft)
Geography
Location King County, Washington state, U.S.
Parent range Cascade Range
Topo map USGS Bandera
Climbing
Easiest route class 3 scrambling

Mount Kent is a 5,087-foot (1,551-metre) mountain summit located in east King County of Washington state. It's part of the Cascade Range and is situated on land managed by Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Precipitation runoff on the mountain drains north into Alice Creek, a tributary of the South Fork Snoqualmie River. The nearest higher neighbor is McClellan Butte, 1.16 mi (1.87 km) to the north, and Mount Defiance is set 4 mi (6.4 km) to the northeast across the Interstate 90 corridor.

Climate

Mount Kent is located in the marine west coast climate zone of western North America. Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific Ocean, and travel northeast toward the Cascade Mountains. As fronts approach, they are forced upward by the peaks of the Cascade Range, causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall onto the Cascades (Orographic lift). As a result, the west side of the Cascades experiences high precipitation, especially during the winter months in the form of snowfall. Because of maritime influence, snow tends to be wet and heavy, resulting in high avalanche danger. During winter months, weather is usually cloudy, but, due to high pressure systems over the Pacific Ocean that intensify during summer months, there is often little or no cloud cover during the summer. The months July through September offer the most favorable weather for viewing or climbing this peak.

Mount Kent and McClellan Butte
Mt. Kent centered, McClellan Butte right
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