Ascent of Frankish Peak on 2018-11-18

Climber: Christopher Burdorf

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, November 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Frankish Peak
    Elevation:4198 ft / 1279 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the face up. Was much tougher than I thought. Saw a description a couple places and found the trail, but signs said no parking -- tow away, so parked about 1/4 up the road by houses.

Trail or what little there was of it was much overgrown and nonexistent in places. I had no gps track to go by, so I just headed up the ridge. Some sections were quite steep, slippery and scary -- drop offs on both sides. Class 2 in some places and the fall would not be fun. The adrenaline rush and sheer stubborness got me through to the top. The views are great on the ridge -- not so much at the top, but getting there felt like a real accomplishment.

With all that said, I'd call this one of the gems of the San Gabriels. Reminded me of Rattlesnake peak, but not as far, but just as sketchy -- probably more so.
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Frankish peak from part of the way up the front face (2018-11-18). Photo by Christopher Burdorf.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2004 ft / 610 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:front face
    Trailhead:2194 ft / 668 m
    Grade/Class:class 2 in some plac
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Christopher Burdorf
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