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Ascent of Mount Burnham on 2012-09-02

Climber: Brian Richardsson

Date:Sunday, September 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Burnham
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8997 ft / 2742 m

Ascent Trip Report

We wanted to hit all four peaks on the ridge between Windy Gap and Baden-Powell, so we went up late Saturday and camped at Little Jimmy to get an early start. Not needing to drive two hours just to get to the trail head is always nice!

It was quiet at Little Jimmy, I think only two other sites were taken, and we never heard a peep from them. We made dinner and went to bed just after the stars started to poke out.

Got up early on Sunday, and headed off at first light. We made good time to Windy Gap, and took pictures of the moon going down and the sun coming up. We then continued down the PCT trail.

The PCT meanders along the ridgeline between the peaks, crossing over it several times along the way to Baden-Powell. We made pretty good time to Baden-Powell, around 4 1/2 hours. The only thing that really slowed us down was all the pictures we kept stopping to take! Took a nice break on BP, and left the summit exactly five hours after we had started our trip.

On the way "down", we hit each of the three peaks we had passed on the way to Baden-Powell; specifically Burnham, Throop, and Hawkins. Despite various reports I have read stating that there are use trails to the summits from both sides of the ridge line, I was not able to locate them, and we ran into one other hiker who was not able to either. This means that all three summits must be approached from the northeast, but the use trails are quite obvious.

Of note, we did stop at Windy Gap just in time to see the very beginnings of the Williams fire.

We made it back into camp in four hours on the dot, which was not bad considering we hit the three summits on the way back, instead of on the way out.

We packed up quickly and made it down the mountain a little bit slower than usual, due to a twisted knee.

We all agreed that we loved this hike and will do it again soon. The out-and-back is a unique challenge instead of just through-hiking the ridge.

Note that the degree of difficulty is more a reflection of the overall hike, not the individual peaks. The length and heat of the day meant that each peak got a little more difficult than the last, but there were no truly challenging aspects of any of them.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:287 ft / 87 m
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
quite pleasent on both legs
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:287 ft / 87 m
    Extra Loss:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:PCT
    Trailhead:Pt 8790  8790 ft / 2679 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Islip Saddle to Baden-Powell and back (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Hawkins2012-09-02 a
2Throop Peak2012-09-02 b
3Mount Burnham2012-09-02 c
4Mount Baden-Powell2012-09-02 d



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