Ascent of Dirtybox Peak on 2010-06-03
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, June 3, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4926 ft / 1501 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI traversed the ridge from Mailbox Peak to Dirtybox. It was definitely not for casual hikers--it was very brushy and featured many rock fins or gendarmes that required scrambling to overcome. Perhaps by now a better route from increased traffic is evident. The summit was covered in thick brush and not especially pleasant.
I decided to drop down from Dirtybox into the Granite Creek valley and its logging roads. It was steep and brushy going, at first down to the closest logging road. Once I was there I followed the road down for one switchback, but the snowbanks made it hard to follow the overgrown old road. At the next switchback corner I cold not find the right continuation downhill due to snow, so I just headed straight down instead.
Big mistake. It was very steep and very densely vegetated going, and I nearly got cliffed out a few times. I was basically lowering myself down cliffs using veggie belays for most of the way, and squeezing through narrow tree gaps with branches in my face. I lost my altimeter that was around my neck, it came off somehow and no one will ever find it, that's for sure.
At last I reached the floor of the basin and located the Granite Creek Road/Trail, which I followed on a long way back around to the Middle Fork Road and the Mailbox trailhead.
My Dirtybox descent route worked, but I recommend following the old logging roads as much as possible.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||250 ft / 75 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||4156 ft / 1266 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||6.7 mi / 10.7 km|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||0.4 mi / 0.6 km|
| Route:||Mailbox-Dirtybox Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||4726 ft / 1440 m|
| Loss on way out:||4156 ft / 1266 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 4106 ft / 1252 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m|
| Gain on way out:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||6.3 mi / 10.1 km|
| Route:||Granite Lakes Road|
| End Trailhead:||Middle Fork Road 820 ft / 249 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 55 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: 2010 - Mailbox|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 4271 ft / 1302 m Total Trip Loss: 4356 ft / 1328 m
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