Ascent of Sleepy Cat Peak on 2013-07-04

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:John Hamann
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Sleepy Cat Peak
    Elevation:10848 ft / 3306 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove in from the south (paved county road 8) via county road 115 which becomes Forest Road 250 at the national forest boundary. We followed this to the junction with FR 290; it was not too bad to this point but high clearance was nice and we used 4WD due to slickness from the previous evening's rains. On the way out we went west on FR 250 to CR 48 to Yellowjacket Pass and CR 15. This way seemed a little less rough, but high clearance and a good suspension was still appreciated.

From FR 250 we went NE on FR 290 to the fork with FR 299. This was definitely 4WD territory. Beyond this point we walked (again, the road was somewhat damp/wet/muddy in spots) and were glad to do so since the road became basically ATV-width not far beyond.

We took the ATV trail up the SSW ridge of the peak until it ended and then followed an old trail most of the way to the summit. When we got to the rocky step in the ridge we dropped slightly to pass around its west base and then climbed back up to the ridge (steep dirt) when the rocks ended. On the way down we dropped east off the ridge at out first opportunity. The attached GPS track shows a bit more detail of our route. Overall it was high Class 2, with maybe an easy Class 3 move or two.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1282 ft / 390 m
    Elevation Loss:1282 ft / 390 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1132 ft / 345 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Route:SSW Ridge
    Trailhead:Jct FR 290/299  9766 ft / 2976 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1232 ft / 375 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Route:SSW Ridge
    Trailhead:Jct FR 290/299  9766 ft / 2976 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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