Ascent of Frosty Mountain East on 2018-09-15

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Others in Party:Sean Blanton
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Frosty Mountain East
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:7904 ft / 2409 m

Ascent Trip Report

Frosty Mountain 50k -- started from Lightning Lake taking Windy Joe trail and then merging onto the Frosty Loop trail. It was really cool seeing the PCT through hikers finishing their journey as we were going up the Windy Joe Trail. The Frosty Loop trail is a long climb with amazing views. Once you reach the next trail junction there is an out-and back summit trail. The summit is not part of the Frosty Mountain 50k course, but I could not simply bypdass this fantastic peak! From the junction it took me less than 10 minutes to reach the top. I was the first from the race to do this and I think some of the other racers followed me inadvertently. If I was the race director I'd have everyone go to the summit. Why not?? Liability I guess? It's just weird to me how there are runners who do mountain races but have no interest in summitting mountains. I have many ultra runner friends with this mentality.

It's awesome to summit these peaks in Manning Park as you can look South into the American Cascades and then look north at the Canadian expanse. Very cold on the peaks - I was wearing a short sleeve base layer, a long sleeve base layer, a t-shirt, and a jacket with a hood zipped all the way up with gloves and a warm hat. Not sure how the PCTers do this at night!

The second part of the course had us traverse part of Skyline Ridge. Super demanding with 20 miles under your belt at that point. Awesome and tough race. The rain even held out long enough until after the finish. Loved it!

EDIT: Now I'm just realizing I went up Frosty Mountain EAST! Blast!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4054 ft / 1235 m
    Total Elevation Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Rare conditions for a clear summit in the Cascades - cold and windy for sure!
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4054 ft / 1235 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3904 ft / 1190 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:10.4 mi / 16.7 km
    Route:Windy Joe Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lightning Lake  4000 ft / 1219 m
    Time:2 Hours 39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Frosty Mountain 50k (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Frosty Mountain East2018-09-15 a4054 ft / 1236 m
2Skyline Ridge2018-09-15 b3085 ft / 940 m
Total Trip Gain: 7139 ft / 2176 m    Total Trip Loss: 650 ft / 198 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Marcus Lostracco
Click Here for a Full Screen Map
Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

Download this GPS track as a GPX file

This page has been served 55 times since 2005-01-15.

Copyright © 1987-2020 by All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service