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Ascent of Desolation Peak on 2010-06-12

Climber: Ken Russell

Others in Party:Bob Bolton
Duane Gilliland
Edward Earl
Eric Noel
Craig Willis
Adam Walker
Date:Saturday, June 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Desolation Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6102 ft / 1859 m

Ascent Trip Report

Weather was excellent and we accessed this TH with two rental boats from Ross Lake Resort. Four adults is a full load, don't try to go five. With two people these boats can reach the TH in a little more than a half hour. With four it will take more than an hour.

Trail is well graded and maintained. We hit snow at 5,000 ft on the ridge line. One of the best mountain views I've ever had. Jack, Daemon, Castle, Hozomeen, Spickard, Mox, Prophet, Baker, Shuksan, Eldorado, Ruby, Buckner, Goode, etc..

We started from Hwy 20 at about 7:15am and got back to the cars close to 8:00pm.

Washington P3k 17/52.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4902 ft / 1493 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4902 ft / 1494 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Excellent
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4502 ft / 1372 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Start Trailhead:1600 ft / 487 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4902 ft / 1494 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4502 ft / 1372 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    End Trailhead:1600 ft / 487 m



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