Ascent of Hualapai Peak on 2019-06-24
|Others in Party:||Tanya Roton|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, June 24, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8417 ft / 2565 m|
Ascent Trip Report***Private Outing***
After stopping at the self-pay station at the Hualapai Mountain State Park and putting in our $10 day-use fee, we drove up to the trailhead and started hiking about 7:00am. We took the eastern leg of the Potato Patch Loop Trail (traveling clockwise as we approached the peak)for the ascent. The trail's in great shape and is easy to follow all the way up to the southern side of the peak, about 3-contour lines below the summit.
We looked around over on that southern side for a route up, but the brush was real heavy over there, and it looked like the climbing would be a whole lot more than Class 3 scrambling. So we turned around and headed back north for several hundred feet on the trail (really a road) we'd come up to the start of the first switchback down, and looked around there for a route up through the brush that we could ascend by moving east up to the northern side of the summit. I think this area is what others have called the North Gully route. Looking to the east up this gully the walls of the summit block form the southern edge of the gully on the left, the northern edge consists of a low line of rocks on the right that extend pretty far up the slope. The gully itself is nasty; full of sharp, thorny, essentially impenetrable brush. We found a reasonably clear way with sign that others have been there up to the northern low line of rocks. We literally hugged that low line of rocks to travel west and up and found the way went well. At the top of the rocks we turned south through some trees and got ourselves onto the summit block rocks; here were lots of ladybugs that we tried not to crush as we climbed over them, and in no time at all, like minute or two, we were on the lower of the two marked summit rocks. Using Adam & Richard's slightly sloped and exposed ledge, we moved right on over to the actual high summit block with out any trouble at all.
We were planning on doing Aspen Peak on our way out, but by time we got over there the temperature had climbed up into the low 90's and we decided not to put ourselves through that.
8.7 miles and 2,900' gain for the loop hike. We were moving really slow due to the heat; it took us about 7.0 hours for the whole trip.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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