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Ascent of Hat Mountain on 2018-09-03

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Kathy Rich
Sean Casserly
Asaka Takahashi
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hat Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8745 ft / 2665 m

Ascent Trip Report

we continued on 38N18 past the intersection with 38N18A where others have generally begun the hike. we continued down to where 38N18 crosses skunk cabbage creek, where we turned left and headed down the canyon toward lost lake. we parked somewhere around 7800', where the (unmapped) road became impassible.

all i can say is: the road is pretty sucky, and while we definitely shortened the hike, it probably isn't worth it. for descent we goofed around following the road which goes south along the ridge, past "red rock mountain" (taylor benchmark) ... we had hoped we could find a better route to share with others. but the road eventually became unclear, and we were back to wandering cow paths through the forest to return to the vehicles.

if you're still interested in exploring the roads further i recommend going straight when you get to skunk cabbage creek, and see where that goes. (i'm deliberately not attaching the track because i don't want folks to think this was a better route... but i can provide the track if you're curious.)

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1025 ft / 311 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1025 ft / 312 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
haze from fires
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:925 ft / 281 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Start Trailhead:7820 ft / 2383 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1025 ft / 312 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 925 ft / 282 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    End Trailhead:7820 ft / 2383 m
    Time:2 Hours 8 Minutes



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