Ascent of Mount Lewis on 2019-03-15
|Date:||Friday, March 15, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5451 ft / 1661 m|
Ascent Trip ReportLongish hike from the paved FS Road 1N04. I started up the access road for Sierra Pacific logging, signed for no camping, hunting or fires but hiking seems to be fine. I followed this for a couple of miles, ultimately having to leave the road a couple of times to go cross country uphill, due to the logging road being covered with dozens to logs, it appeared this was intentional to stop OHV's from using it. Eventually I connected to the main road FS Road 2N07. There had been some snow on the upper portions but nothing too bad.
On 2N07 there was deeper snow, and I could see fresh tire tracks which were helpful for me to walk in. I soon ran into a parked (in the middle of the road) Polaris, with tracks leading towards the peak. I ran into the driver just under the summit, turns out he was a technician servicing the tower on top. He was shocked to see me, said he had only ever seen one other person on the peak. He took a picture with the 2 of us to mark the occasion. We talked for several minutes, I told him he doesn't know how lucky he is to have keys to so many locked gates leading to peaks. He told me the main road was gated 1 mile from the pavement so I decided to take that down.
The descent was uneventful, I had wanted to cut across on a marked path back to the logging road in order to avoid walking the road to get back to my car (It was a couple miles between the main road up and the logging road). But an inholding with barking dogs convinced me to make the longer journey.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2840 ft / 865 m|
| Gain on way in:||2840 ft / 865 m|
| Distance:||14.9 mi / 24 km|
| Start Trailhead:||2611 ft / 795 m|
| Time:||5 Hours 41 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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