Ascent of Ellis Mountain on 2010-04-10

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Saturday, April 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Ellis Mountain
    Elevation:2640 ft / 804 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are two route options that we found. The first is to go up along the road access from Lake Pleasant and work towards the peak from the S. We found a gate at the 665 junction so you could park and go from here. Great roads to get here and a shorter drive than the other approach but you add 3.5 miles of flat road by this route. If biking, and biking makes sense, I would definitely start from this location.

What we then did was drive around via Hwy 113 N and we turned W onto FS 3116. This is a lesser road but a pretty good one up until you hit the saddle at 1160' or so. You can continue on but the road does have a few sketchy spots that might require 4WD. We got to a point on the road N of the word "Creek" where a berm blocks access. We walked S from here and quickly joined up with the other road heading back N. Very windy up to this saddle. The navigation is fairly obvious from here. What we found is that the road shown as ending at 2160' on the SW ridge is extended to meet up with the NWern most of the 3 forks coming from the NE ridge. So we walked up to that triple fork on roads and then went up the middle fork to the summit. We passed a tower complex and foraged in brushy new trees for a summit but our guess is that the HP is actually in the cluster of trees that clearly sticks out on the W side of the road a bit N of the towers.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1900 ft / 578 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:South Roads
    Trailhead:FS 3116  840 ft / 256 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear

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