Ascent of Petersen Mountains High Point on 2013-12-01

Climber: Gretchen Nelson

Date:Sunday, December 1, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Petersen Mountains High Point
    Elevation:7841 ft / 2389 m

Ascent Trip Report

There is a good report in & this is my addition to help others.

We tracked our hike & got close to 3.5 miles to the top with close to 2000' elevation gain. It took us longer than the 3 1/2 hours in the SP trip report, as we took our time & took a lot of photos. Probably a slower group than some others too. My Garmin gave me a little higher elevation than the recorded one here on peakbagger, but then they aren't all exact, so I hear.

A group of us hiked this mountain today, December 1, 2013, & we checked the mileage pretty close & found it to be pretty accurate. There is a gas station (Shell) after you take the Red Rock exit & from that station I checked the mileage & got 13.6 so 14 as you actually exit 395 is right on. The left turn from the Red Rock Rd. is a dirt road & at about 0.7 of a mile there is a fork that isn't mentioned. Stay left at this fork. It may be a new ATV or Jeep route. The actual mileage from the turn off from Red Rock Rd. to the Peterson Mountain trailhead is approximately 3.4 to 3.5 miles total. Follow the turns in Dennis's directions to the TH. BTW, take a GPS with you as we had a little trouble figuring out which peak top was Peterson & could have been wondering around if it weren't for my Garmin pointing the way to keep us on the right track. There is a trail that is part jeep, part cattle trail & part hiker trail, but it is not grown over & it can take you toward Peterson. Again, a high clearance vehicle would be best, because there are some areas that have big rocks & ruts that would make it difficult for most vehicles, even something like a Toyota RAV4. There is a register under some rocks at the top. It would help if the next person going to the top would take a small spiral notebook & pen or pencil to add to what is there.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Chilly, but comfortable.
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Old Jeep Trail; Cattle trail
    Trailhead:Peterson Mountain Trailhead  5841 ft / 1780 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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