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Ascent of Mount Tom on 2013-09-03

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tom
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13652 ft / 4161 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt Tom was a fun hike. The road to the trailhead passes a great boulder climbing area and then ends at the wilderness boundary. Only the last .5 mile needs high clearance. I entered the John Muir Wilderness right pas the gate and then climbed the switchbacks up to the top of the old terminal moraine before entering the Horton Lake valley. Nice hike on an old roadbed up to the lake. I camped at the lake (permit required).

The next morning I continued up the old roadbed up a steep gully with at least a dozen switchbacks. This part of the road is in poor condition because of flash floods (gully washers) that have cut across the road on every switchback up to where the road enters the Hanging Valley. The road is great all through the Hanging Valley to the Tungsten Mine.

At the Tungsten Mine the road ends but a climbers trail starts just past the old generators, the mine adit, and an old 200 gallon water tank. I went to the left of the tank and started climbing up the gully. The gully has some scree and loose talus but generally not a bad route up about 800 ft above the mine. From the top of this gully to the summit it is more of a steep climb towards the left on loose talus passing over a couple ribs and just picking what I thought was the most stable of the rocks. I eventually reached the summit and enjoyed the views under gray skies. The trip down was uneventful except that it periodically sprinkled on me all the way down.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6012 ft / 1833 m
    Extra Gain:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:15.5 mi / 24.9 km
    Route:Horton Lakes Trail
    Trailhead:8080 ft / 2462 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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