Ascent of Mount Patterson on 2016-06-11

Climber: Mr. L

Others in Party:Dean Gaudet -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Patterson
    Elevation:11673 ft / 3557 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dean's Audi Allroad brought us to the last hairpin of the dirt road south of Lobdell lake.
Then the road was washed out too much for his car, and so we parked in that hairpin.

After hopping our first creek for the day, we crossed the eastern dam, trying to get to the dirt road on the NE corner of the lake.
No go. The lake's overflow was a raging torrent -- too wide, too deep, too fast, too cold.

So back we went, to pass by the cabin in the woods, and a treadmill right outside. Odd.
Through the forest and up the hill, trying to avoid the swampy meadow and wide creeks.

Crossed a few more creeks in narrow spots, by jumping over them.
Gained a bit of altitude, but straight up the ridge was a bit too steep for my taste.
Started to follow the hillside, heading towards the dirt road to the summit.
Crossed a bit of snow -- nothing too bad; still mostly densely packed; walkable.

Split up for a bit -- Dean kept climbing, while I aimed for the dirt road without climbing.
Met up again before the first small peak where you leave the first valley and enter the next.

Crossed a bit more snow on our way into the second valley.
Then followed the dirt road.
Split up again right before hitting the switchbacks -- Dean went ahead, while I crawled behind.

Hit ~200 meter long stretch of snow on second long switchback.
Again, not the end of the world. Walkable. But strenuous.
Made me think about turning back for the first time.

But weather was ok -- storm still a while away. Not too cold. Not too windy.
So... onward!

Made it to the plateau, with the "Mars with Flowers" sign.
Loved the landscape/scenery/view.

Saw Dean ahead, just below the summit.
No way I was gonna let him bag it alone.
So... onward!

Met him just below the summit, as he was coming down.
He was gonna wait a bit.
So summit I did, at last.

Looks pics and vids.

And down I went again.

Met up with Dean once more.
He went for another smaller peak to the north.
Meanwhile I started the long descend.
Crossed the snow again.
Down into the long valley.
Dean caught up just before we had to cross into the valley with the meadow.
Took a break, crossed over, and then descended more.

Crossed the first creek, but could once again not cross the lake's major outflow.
So across the edge of the meadow we went, to the border between meadow and southern ridge, where it's mostly dry.
Followed that, to ~100 yards before the cabin with the treadmill.
Sat on a nice log there, for another break.
A bit of drizzle.
Last but not least, back to the lake, hop across the final creek, and to the car.

Uneventful drive out back to US-395, and then Bridgeport.

Shower. And then dinner at the Mono Inn. Excellent food. Rainstorm started by then. Thunder and lightning over Mono Lake.


My highest peak so far. (Previous record from 2003: Pico del Teide, Tenerife -- drive to tram station, then tram ride to just below the summit. Doesn't really count. :)

Good day.

Good prep for my next peak -- aiming for White Mountain Peak, and then hopefully Mount Dana later this year.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2529 ft / 770 m
    Trailhead:9144 ft / 2787 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mr. L
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