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Ascent of Silver Peak - Northeast Summit on 2018-09-22

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Bob McLaughlin -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Scott Heald
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Silver Peak - Northeast Summit
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10800 ft / 3291 m

Ascent Trip Report

our route sucked. a lot. steep loose talus climb. bushwhack. extended side-hilling. the best part was wandering around the meadow in the 9200' contour. oh and the views at the summit.

forest road 032C is really horrible too -- i don't recommend using it as a starting place unless maybe you're on OHV. we thought we'd save 1000' but i think we ended up with a worse overall hike starting from there as opposed to bob's original starting place.

your real goal from this side is to attain the plateau which starts at around 9000' (note the 80' contours on the USGS!) on our ascent we ran into considerable loose steep talus on the south side of the ridge. it might be better on the north of the ridge, and there was definitely a use trail through one of the saddles. on descent from the plateau we used the valley to the north, but that involved a lot of bushwhacking and total luck finding a use trail enabling us to side-hill east along a steep slope back to the road. there is quite likely a way to attain the plateau from one of the ridges in sections 25 or 30 of the USGS, but we didn't find it.

the plateau was a quite welcome relief from the pains of the rest of the hike. it's relatively flat and easy going until you start climbing 10194.

the ridge between 10194 and 10096 is very jagged and rocky, and we side-hilled on the north side. the north side is steep, frequently loose sand/rock. this section of the hike wasn't all that much fun, and even if we had used bob's original starting place we would have had to go through here.

past 10096 to the summit was straight-forward, you do have to thread your way through some rocks on the ridge, but it was easy enough to find a route which stayed class 2.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3948 ft / 1202 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3948 ft / 1202 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3598 ft / 1096 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3248 ft / 990 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Loss on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Start Trailhead:forest road 032C  7552 ft / 2301 m
    Time:6 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3598 ft / 1096 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3248 ft / 990 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Gain on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    End Trailhead:7552 ft / 2301 m
    Time:4 Hours 53 Minutes



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