Ascent of Chocolate Peak on 2012-09-10
|Date:||Monday, September 10, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||9402 ft / 2865 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted at the east end of Galena Creek State Park in a big paved circle with many picnic tables in the middle. My topo map does not show some of the trails in the vicinity of Galena Park. It was helpful to have a primitive map of the trail system here, which I got online by googling Mt. Rose Wilderness. The Jones Creek trailhead starts in this picnic area. Took the trail to a junction indicating Church's Pond to the left. Followed trail up to the turn off for Church's Pond and followed it almost to the point where the trail drops down to the pond. Here I turned south and followed the ridge in a bit of bush whacking, but shortly found the use trail leading to Chocolate Peak. It really helps to find this use trail to avoid sections of near-impenetrable brush. The trail ends at about 9000 ft where one hits talus rocks and boulders. Class 2 to the summit from here. Nice view of Mt. Rose.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3052 ft / 930 m|
| Distance:||8 mi / 12.9 km|
| Route:||Jones Creek trail, north ridge|
| Trailhead:||Galena Creek County Park 6350 ft / 1935 m|
| Grade/Class:||class 2|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
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