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Ascent of Swasey Peak on 2007-08-24

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Friday, August 24, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Swasey Peak
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:9669 ft / 2947 m

Ascent Trip Report

On 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Days 50 Hours 



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