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Ascent of Quartz Mountain on 2019-01-05

Climber: Marcus Peinado

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Quartz Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4650 ft / 1417 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked the CCC Trail for 25 minutes and then went uphill near a creek. I kept seeing faint traces of a path. I even found two pieces of red flagging tape. There was moderate brush for the first 100 to 200 vertical feet. After that, I was hiking through mostly open forest which was far better than what I had expected. At about 2200 feet, I crossed what looked like an overgrown logging road.

At 3100 feet, I reached the more pronounced south ridge of Bessequartz. The snow started here. I bypassed the rock step at 3400 on the west (left) side. I started the traverse toward the lake at 3800 feet. It was slow and exhausting because of the deep snow.

I reached the lake and continued to the summit. The only (minor) challenge was the summit rock (which was covered with about two feet of firm snow). Point 4641 looked cool but it was getting late, and I returned to the lake.

I went up to Bessequartz and descended its south ridge directly, saving me the sidehilling traverse at 3800 feet. I was slowed down by several rock steps on the upper ridge. By the time I had descended back to 3800 feet, I was out of daylight. I spent the next three hours using my GPS track to guide myself back to the CCC Trail. Not being able to see far ahead, I ended up in less pleasant terrain (more brush and fallen trees) than on the way up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Total Elevation Loss:650 ft / 198 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Bessequartz South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:CCC Trail  950 ft / 289 m
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:650 ft / 198 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:West Ridge
    End Trailhead:Quartz Lake  4000 ft / 1219 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Quartz

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Quartz Mountain2019-01-053700 ft / 1128 m
2Bessequartz2019-01-05487 ft / 148 m
Total Trip Gain: 4187 ft / 1276 m    Total Trip Loss: 4187 ft / 1276 m



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