Ascent of Palen Mountains High Point on 2019-01-01

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Andrew Kirmse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Palen Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3848 ft / 1172 m

Ascent Trip Report

attached is driving track for the eastern approach. the road starts out great, but as indicated with a waypoint, becomes worse as you get within 5mi of the trailhead. it first goes through a very large wash (visible on USGS map), which involves much up/down, and a few sandy sections. then as it leaves the wash it enters rocky hell.

in the rocky hell section you'll frequently see a better looking road segment north or south of the hell you're in, but the better road sections have been blocked off by a ridge of rocks, plowed into place probably the last time they maintained this road. it's like they deliberately chose the worse road. as the road enters the wilderness cut-out it becomes the worst. i definitely wouldn't go past the wash without all-terrain tires and high-clearance.

tip for when you're driving out afterward: never take the good road segment, it's always the one which will be blocked off by a ridge of rocks at the far end. always take the worst road segment.

budget 1h10m one-way from pavement to trailhead or vice versa.

the hike is typical DPS: rocky route finding, slow going, ankle and knee workout. class 2+. i enjoyed the red/rust coloured rocks everywhere.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2647 ft / 805 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2647 ft / 805 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2595 ft / 790 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2543 ft / 775 m; Extra: 52 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:52 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:DPS Route B
    Start Trailhead:1305 ft / 397 m
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2595 ft / 790 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2543 ft / 775 m; Extra: 52 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:52 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:DPS Route B
    End Trailhead:1305 ft / 397 m
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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