Ascent of Ward Mountain on 2013-10-10

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ward Mountain
    Elevation:10936 ft / 3333 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove half way to the summit of Ward Mtn. I drove to the old Ward Historic Mining Site on the east side of the mountain and 0.2 miles past the historic district sign, I turned right on an unsigned road. This is a 4WD road. I followed the road 1.7 miles to a small saddle at about 8,878 ft elevation. On an earlier trip to the area an ATV'er told me the road was much worse above this saddle. After hiking the peak, I think I could have driven to the summit if it hadn't been for the snow. I hiked the road up to the Defiance Mine site where the road splits and I went right. I stayed left at the next fork and eventually reached the summit in a whiteout with about 5" of snow on the ground. I imagined that the views would have been great if the weather would have been better.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2284 ft / 695 m
    Elevation Loss:2284 ft / 695 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2171 ft / 661 m
    Extra Loss:113 ft / 34 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Road from old Ward Mining Site
    Trailhead:8878 ft / 2706 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2171 ft / 661 m
    Extra Gain:113 ft / 34 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Trailhead:8878 ft / 2706 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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