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Ascent of Mount Steve on 2018-11-20

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Steve
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2245 ft / 684 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail starts at the Iron Mountain Trailhead. Mt. Steve was my objective, but I wanted to bag a couple of minor bumps along the way. In general, think scramble and bushwhack. First objective was a minor bump, 1708. Then I descended and whacked my way down to the main trail and up the other side toward Mt. Steve proper. More bushwhacking and meandering. Unfortunately, my GAIA tracker got turned off at 1708, so I don't have a clear record of the track.

Mt. Steve was interesting at the top. As usual, the brown dot for the peak was not the highest point on the mountain, but I wandered enough and made it match near the south finger. There is a spot on the north end of the peak which is marked by three short cairns.

There being one more minor bump between Mt. Steve and the Iron Mountain Trail, I crossed the little saddle and ascended Hill 2066, which does not show as a peak on the contour map. In any case, it was an interesting locale and I found a geocaching tin at a plausible peak. That being the case, I descended to the saddle to the north and thrashed my way down. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but I don't recommend a direct western descent from the saddle. Arrived safely back at the trailhead.

Stats below are extrapolated from my one-way descent track recorded from GAIA.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:736 ft / 224 m
    Total Elevation Loss:735 ft / 224 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
Warm and breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:736 ft / 224 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Due east cross country
    Start Trailhead:Iron Mountain Trailhead  1509 ft / 459 m
    Time:2 Hours 31 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:735 ft / 224 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Due west until I found the road.
    End Trailhead:Iron Mountain Trailhead  1510 ft / 460 m
    Time:2 Hours 31 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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