Ascent of Bridge Mountain on 2018-09-12

Climber: Jon Avery

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bridge Mountain
    Elevation:6988 ft / 2129 m

Ascent Trip Report

After my unsuccessful attempt last time that ended with me getting my car stuck trying to turn around from the rock garden, I was a bit worried over the road. I ended up just parking 1.2 miles from the Lovell Canyon turnoff, a bit up the road from where I got stuck before. I should say that you need an extreme off-road vehicle and top-level driving skills to make it past the rock garden, otherwise you won't be able to make it very far past where I parked.

The approach to Bridge was an easy class 1 trail. The trail is relatively well-maintained all the way to the treeline. I was surprised to even see a couple signs along the way. I guess it's an officially recognized trail by Red Rock. Once you get out on the white sandstone, the route is a bit less obvious and the hiking reaches class 2, but cairns are plentiful and the moves aren't bad.

The route gets much tougher upon reaching Bridge's saddle. From here, it is very important to look for black spray-painted arrows to help guide your way. I didn't, and I ended up on class 4 rock with hundreds of feet of exposure. But if you follow the arrows, you will be fine. Basically, follow the crack up to a spine, then cross over to the left and proceed with the spine to your right. Then, you should see the Bridge Arch. You can either climb the spine and traverse across the top of the arch, or go through the arch and climb up to the left. From there, head right and follow the obvious route up the backside of the mountain to the peak. While going up this way, be careful to stay as far left as possible unless forced right or you see a cairn.

The summit views are absolutely incredible. Calico Hills, Turtlehead, La Madre, Charleston, Mummy, Griffith, Wilson, and Rainbow are all in sight.

Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Part of Trip: Bridge091218

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Peak-Limestone2018-09-12 
2Bridge Mountain2018-09-12 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jon Avery
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