Ascent of Fawn Peak on 2013-05-19

Climber: Craig Willis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fawn Peak
    Elevation:6577 ft / 2004 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a supplemental trip report for Eric Noel's report from nearly 2-1/2 weeks earlier than my trip.

1) Road 100 is signed and called "W. Fawn Creek Road" for the first mile, in the residential area. It officially switches to only "Road 100" from that point northward.

2) From the intersection of W. Fawn Creek Road (Road 100) and Goat Creek Road, it is three miles to the the Road 300 turnoff. Road 100 is probably drivable for any street-legal vehicles.

3) Road 300 is another story. Although it can be driven by a passenger vehicle and most of the road is OK, I counted five bumps/drainages crossing the road at various locations which nearly grounded-out my car. In fact, the bottom of my car slightly scraped dirt for two of those five sections. It is only 1.5 miles (and 800' elevation gain) from the Road 300/Road 100 intersection. Use your best judgement. The trip can be the standard 4.5-5.0 miles roundtrip with approximately 2500' of gain, or 8.0 miles roundtrip with approximately 3300' of gain (including three miles roundtrip of road-walking) from the Road 300/Road 100 intersection. Both options are very doable for this peak.

4) The route is as Eric described it. I was surprised how straightforward this route was, but the fantastic views really make this peak worth a visit. In fact, of peaks which I have hiked/climbed without walking on any official trail or road, Fawn Peak is now one of my all-time favorites. The views of nearby Goat Peak, the Gardners, Silver Star, and many more high-elevation mountains make this a "must visit" peak, IMO.

5) The south ridge of Fawn Peak is not linear; it bends a couple of times. Occasionally, the trees will block views of the ridgeline, so keeping a GPS track log (or waypoints) might help some people stay on course. The ridgetop never becomes a "knife-edge" and is steep in some areas (with a 4600'-4900' slope being the steepest section). The lowest-point saddle between the 5986' hill and Fawn Peak is very defined; it makes a sudden trenchlike dip.

6) The groundcover is mostly comprised of grasses, weeds, wildflowers, dirt, and small rocks. If you encounter large bushes to push through, then you are definitely not on the south ridge.

7) The summit is an open area with 360-Degree views. Somebody in the past had made a large pile of rocks at the top. Many ladybugs were crawling on that rockpile. I did not see any summit register.

8) In less than 2-1/2 weeks, there was significantly less snow than what Eric and Ken experienced. A few small patches were on the 5986' hill and a few small patches were near the Fawn Peak summit, but each snowpatch was insignificant and easily avoidable.

9) This peak is a walk-up, never requiring the use of hands. However, I think that bringing trekking poles is very helpful on the south ridge approach.

10) Save this peak for a sunny day. I went in mid-morning during mid-May, and I was *roasting* in the sunshine. But the straightforward approach and views are worth a little extra warmth.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2547 ft / 775 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Connecting Ridgelines From South
    Trailhead:High Saddle Along Road 300  4230 ft / 1289 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:0 Days 1 Hours 15 Minutes

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