Ascent to Hawkins Mountain-Ridge 1/2 mi. NW of Summit on 2012-08-11

Climber: Chad Straub

Others in Party:Maverick(k9)
Date:Saturday, August 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Hawkins Mountain - Ridge 1/2 mi. NW of Summit
    Elevation:6200 ft / 1889 m
    Remaining Elevation:960 ft / 293 m (48% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I Had every intention of reaching both Huckleberry Mountain and Hawkins Peak on the first day of my family camping trip near Salmon La Sac. One way to accomplish this is via trail 1392 along Big Boulder Creek and from Hawkins summit to Huckleberry Mtn along the southern edge of the ridge connecting them. Another route, starting just a half mile from the first one takes you to Huckleberry Mtn first via the 4WD305 road/trail. I chose the latter after much consideration, thinking that I would have less route-finding difficulties working up the west ridge of Hawkins rather than taking the risk of getting cliffed out on the way down it.
The trailhead for 1392 and the start of 4wd305 are accessed by Road 138 which is 5.4 miles north of Salmon La Sac Campground.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1020 ft / 310 m
    Elevation Loss:3240 ft / 987 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1020 ft / 310 m
    Extra Loss:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Roadwalk/Bushwhack from Huckleberry Mountain
    Trailhead:5420 ft / 1652 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3000 ft / 914 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Trailhead:47.453688,-121.009862  3200 ft / 975 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Huckleberry, Hawkins Attempt

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Huckleberry Mountain2012-08-11
2(Attempt) Hawkins Mountain2012-08-11

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