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Ascent of Larch Mountain on 2019-04-11

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Larch Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:4055 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

Winter Gate was still closed. Darn and it was getting late. There was no snow at all until about one mile up the road and then it was in patches of slush. Further up the entire road was still snow. Above elevation 2900 there was a few inches of snow the rest of the way up. I followed the road to be safe since it was late in the day. There is no fee to park at the winter gate which is one mile from the upper parking lot and at this pull over there is plenty of parking but nobody was on the road or up there.The temperature was 46 at the parking area but dropped to around 38 higher up.

The Winter Gate parking lot is where the two roads intersect on the USGS map and almost directly where the USGS map places a red "30" to indicate the section number. Would be fun to come back and do it as the hike up the trails that everyone else does but that was not in the cards with short time and snow.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1507 ft / 459 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1507 ft / 459 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Mostly East Larch Mountain Road
    Start Trailhead:Wiinter Gate  2548 ft / 776 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Portland - 3

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Bull Mountain2019-04-11 a468 ft / 143 m
2Grant Butte2019-04-11 b413 ft / 126 m
3Larch Mountain2019-04-11 c1507 ft / 459 m
10Wildcat Mountain2019-04-12 a580 ft / 177 m
11Long Mountain2019-04-12 b373 ft / 114 m
12Bacona Hill2019-04-12 c223 ft / 68 m
13Green Mountain2019-04-12 d360 ft / 110 m
14Sexton Mountain2019-04-12 e325 ft / 99 m
Total Trip Gain: 4249 ft / 1296 m    Total Trip Loss: 365 ft / 112 m



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