Ascent of Mount Lemmon on 2015-12-20

Climber: Kreg Ellzey

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, December 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lemmon
    Elevation:9157 ft / 2791 m

Ascent Trip Report

With snow on the ground above 5500 feet, I arrived at the parking lot of Ski Valley around 2:00 pm. The 1.7 mile road hike up to the observatory went by quickly and I arrived at the gated area around the telescopes around 2:25 pm. Not paying attention on the way up to the telescopes I walked right by the summit trailhead near the last parking area at the gate. So after backtracking a short distance from the telescopes and not seeing an obvious trail I ended up just going cross country across from the parking lot. In spite of the snow it appeared there was a vague trail heading off here towards the summit. I did attempt to follow it but it was lost once out from under the tree cover. So from here I just bee lined it as best I could towards the summit in the ankle to calf deep snow. A couple other hikers were also trying to get to the summit so I ended up following their tracks for some distance until I caught up with them just before the summit. The snow hike in from the paved road/upper parking lot was a very short 0.2 mile hike and I made the summit around 2:45 pm. Grabbed a few requisite photos while enjoying the views to the west and north and back down I went.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:812 ft / 248 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Access Road
    Trailhead:Ski Valley Parking Area  8345 ft / 2543 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear

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