Ascent of Matterhorn on 2011-08-20
|Others in Party:||Dean Molen|
|Date:||Saturday, August 20, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||10838 ft / 3303 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOur trailhead for Matterhorn is accessed from the historic town of Jarbidge. Zero your odometer at the gas pump next to the Red Dog Saloon. Drive south out of town and at 2.1 miles stay left, at 2.8 miles pass the Pine Creek Campground, at 3.5 miles pass another campground, at 4.0 miles the road gets rougher, at 4.4 miles cross a creek, and at 4.8 miles we were stopped at a major wash out of the road at Gorge Gulch, elevation 6,771 ft.
We hiked up the road and then the pack trail for a little over 1.5 miles until we crossed Dry Gulch and then we turned left and headed up a steep slope towards a large orange colored rocky outcropping on the ridge. When we reached the left side of the rocky outcropping, we continued on a trail of sorts around the left side of this obstacle. We followed the trail for .25 mile at most until we reached a gulch that we used to go up the slope to the ridgeline above at about 8,500 ft. Remember or mark this last part of the route so that you can find it again on the descent. From there the route finding is easy. Continue up the ridge, keeping the cliff on the left side of the ridge in sight. Keep climbing up the steep slope until you reach the ridge at about 10,100 ft which is just south of the point labeled 10212T on the topo.
Once on this upper ridge turn north and follow it towards the summit. The last 300 ft of ascent is on steep talus and requires some rock hopping. Fantastic views from the summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||4348 ft / 1325 m|
| Distance:||9.5 mi / 15.3 km|
| Trailhead:||6490 ft / 1978 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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