Ascent of Silver Peak on 2013-06-30
|Others in Party:||Bob Bolton|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, June 30, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4126 ft / 1257 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis is a nice long hike that may be enjoyable on a cooler day. It is mostly all trail with some gaps. There is a gap before getting to Silver Prairie up a grassy slope where the trail just disappears. We found it again without much trouble by thinking like a trail maker.
At Silver Prairie the trail ends again. There is a large grassy slope heading up towards the peak, but there is no trail. It would have been great if we had a clue where to pick up the trail again. On the descent we stayed on the trail down to about 3,300 ft and then it disappeared. We were in the trees on the north side of the grassy slope when the trail disappeared. It is critical to find this trail if you want to tag this peak. We tried bushwhacking on the ascent and it is a hopeless endeavor. If we had not found the trail, we would have turned around and gone home. Some topos show a trail up from Silver Prairie but it doesn't exist until you get in the trees on the north side of the ridge above 3,300 ft.
After finding the trail again, we followed it to the north side of the peak and then followed the ridge to the summit. The north ridge had some brush but it was easily manageable compared to the west ridge. Great views from the summit include the ocean to the west.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||5600 ft / 1706 m|
| Distance:||19.2 mi / 30.9 km|
| Route:||Oak Flat|
| Trailhead:||-1474 ft / -449 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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