Ascent of Hilgard Peak on 2018-09-04

Climber: Grant Myers

Date:Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hilgard Peak
    Elevation:11316 ft / 3449 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had pretty good information and a GPS track to follow buti the peak
was still confusing. I would put it this way: Ascend the gully just south of the east ridge gaining perhaps a hundred feet until it steepens and just before it gets deep exit right (easy) and gain the ridge above with just a few stiff third class moves. Once you have done that there is a steep wall of rock above with only two options to avoid, go back left into the gully (don’t do this) or go to climbers right to attain the east ridge (better choice). There is a bit of a chimney or open book to climb, it’s steep but has good holds and is just a stiff class three, about fifty feet high. Once on the east ridge it’s a mix of class two and three up slabs and ribs with lots of loose rock laying around. The final section to the notch is easy class three up an open book and then broken easy scrambling to the small top. Great views in all directions, lots of other peaks and lakes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5209 ft / 1586 m
    Total Elevation Loss:800 ft / 242 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4809 ft / 1465 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4409 ft / 1344 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Start Trailhead:6907 ft / 2105 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m

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