Ascent of Swasey Peak on 2007-08-24
|Date:||Friday, August 24, 2007|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9669 ft / 2947 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn US-6 about 30 miles W of Delta, I turned north at virtual mile 56.4 onto a gravel road with a BLM sign saying 7 miles to Long Ridge Reservoir (and also providing distances to other destinations). Set or note your odometer here. At 6.8 miles I arrived at the reservoir. The road bypasses the reservoir with some sudden sharp turns after having been high-speed gravel for a while, so be careful as you approach the reservoir. At 8.5 miles, the road merges into the Notch Peak Loop Road. At 10.3 miles, go (almost) straight ahead across a slightly oblique intersection with Marjum Pass Road. At 15.1 miles, go straight ahead following a sign to Death Canyon. At all of these intersections, you follow signs that guide you to "U-dig fossil trilobite quarry". At 18.8 miles, you pass the turnoff to the quarry itself, which is on the right. Just a tenth of a mile later, go right at a fork, following a sign that says "Sinbad 4". At 20.6 miles, the road surface becomes occasional rock slabs, but these are low and smooth and pose no problem for any street-legal vehicle. At 21.0 miles, there are some protruding rocks, but these are easily bypassed. At 21.9 miles, I parked at saddle 7977 near a fiberglass wand that identifies a wilderness study area.
I hiked NE up the ridge toward the subpeak ½ mile SE of Swasey Peak. There was occasional heavy brush. I worked my way slightly right as I approached a white cliff band that guards the peak above. At about 9200 feet, I arrived at the base of one of the lowest ramparts of the cliffs, a rock buttress roughly midway along it. Immediately to the right of this buttress is a significant use trail. It looked steep and loose, so I declined to walk on the trail itself, but I kept it in sight for navigation. The trail showed a route through the cliffs that was never harder than class 2, and I soon topped out on the ridge near the SE summit of Swasey. I walked along this ridge briefly, then descended to the saddle immediately to its north, contoured at 9500' around the SW side of the summit marked by a tiny 9600+ contour, and finally scrambled up the ridge to the main summit of Swasey. A register contained the names of Gordon McLeod and Barbara Lilley, Bob Packard, John Stolk, and a number of UT locals.
If approaching from the west, Swasey Peak can be approached using either of the two entrances to the Notch Peak Loop Road.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1892 ft / 576 m|
| Extra Gain:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Route:||south ridge|
| Trailhead:||7977 ft / 2431 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Time Up:||1 Days 50 Hours |
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