Ascent of Arches Triple Point 4808 on 2019-05-02

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Arches Triple Point 4808
    Elevation:4808 ft / 1465 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked along road. There are few places in the national park where you can hike and summit a HP without being on Class 5 rock. Fun for rock-climbers but not much for a peakbagger to do. Carefully scrutinizing the topo maps I found this prominent highpoint that has excellent views and over 200 foot of prominence but unfortunately does not hit the 300 foot threshold. Still a nice hike with solitude. There is sensitive high desert plant communities and soil in the area so I planned the hike to be along a sandy wash so that the soil was constantly disturbed by water and no plant or soil communities to trample we followed the circuitous washes until they hit Navajo sandstone and then stayed on rock the rest of the way. Interestingly, there was another pair of boot prints in the sandy wash for much of the way and not sure who else would do this bushwhack? The sandstone approach is mostly class 2 slabs but a few places you might encounter class 2+ but usually you can go around all of them.

The summit features consists of three formations of sandstone. The middle one is the only one with a USGS survey elevation spot. The first is an easy and short class 3 scramble with little exposure. The second is harder and appears a slight bit taller. It is a class 5 from the sides and back. The front side facing the first formation has an approach but it is hairy class 4 near the down drop crevice. To the left there is a short bouldering route up that is safer but still exposed and the sandstone is pretty crumbly to caution is advised. That route has no class 4 exposure but has sketchy rock. The third formation is class 4 and 5 nearest to the other formations but on the backside is an easy class 2+ hike up to the top and appears to be about 2 feet lower than the middle formation. But who knows?

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:387 ft / 117 m
    Total Elevation Loss:75 ft / 22 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:337 ft / 102 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 312 ft / 95 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:wash to rock GPS
    Start Trailhead:Pull out along paved road  4496 ft / 1370 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:GPS track
Ascent Part of Trip: Arches NP

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Arches Triple Point 48082019-05-02 a387 ft / 118 m
2Arches Butte 48252019-05-02 b600 ft / 183 m
4(Attempt) Delicate Arch Formation High Point2019-05-02 d874 ft / 266 m
Total Trip Gain: 1861 ft / 567 m    Total Trip Loss: 515 ft / 157 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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