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Ascent of Snow Mountain on 1989-06-03

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 3, 1989
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snow Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8014 ft / 2442 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at end of paved Troy road just South of underpass under I80 at 12 noon. Followed dirt road past locked gate up 300' to railroad tracks; crossed tracks, and continued generally South. Took right fork after dirt road flattened out to meadow at headwaters of granite creek (7200', rather than taking better road to left going to barren area just West of Devil's Peak (marked "No Trespassing") and continued cross-country when road petered out meeting up with road again at Huntley Mill Lake (7000'). Continued south on road to shack in meadow at base of Snow Mtn (6800'). Here, the light rain turned to a steady downpour; but I continued up anyway, following several dirt logging roads till I went up to ridge trying to avoid huge snow drifts. Luckily the rain stopped. That was best although the snow continued to get more prolific until it was all walking on snow (7400'), except on reaching the flat area at the summit, where several mounds of rocks projected. I climbed each one, finding Pete's register and Jackie's name (1984) at the top of one (perhaps the highest). The last entry in the register was Feb 1987or8). Stayed just to the left of the ridge on the way down till I found a dirt road to the shack (I should have taken the right fork just before the shack) and followed that road all the way back to the car. 8 hours hiking, about 2600' gain and 16 miles round trip.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2600 ft / 792 m
    Elevation Loss:2600 ft / 792 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Grade/Class:Cl 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2600 ft / 792 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:from Troy road just South of underpass under I80
    Trailhead:Troy road just South of underpass under I80   5414 ft / 1650 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2600 ft / 792 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:to Troy road just South of underpass under I80
    Trailhead:Troy road just South of underpass under I80   5414 ft / 1650 m



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