Ascent of Walker Mountain on 2019-07-22

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Others in Party:Jerry Kohn
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Walker Mountain
    Elevation:11563 ft / 3524 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the locked gate, where there is parking for only two to three vehicles, and walked the road until we saw an occupied house. We realized that a better route would have been to turn left on the dirt road about 50 yards from the gate. But we headed uphill and quickly intersected the road.

The road becomes a horse/cow trail that is fairly easy to follow before it disappears into a large brushy meadow. Most of the brush was knee high or less and the bushwhacking was relatively easy. Interspersed in the brush was an abundant and diverse display of aromatic wildflowers, which we did our best to avoid.

We approached point 10259 from the left (east) and circled around behind it to miss the large snowfields on the north side of the ridge. Without the snow, it would have been more direct and probably faster to stay to its right.

Once we reached the very scenic highpoint of Hanging Valley Ridge, we dropped steeply down loose scree to a faint use trail leading to the saddle with Walker Mountain. We crossed the broad, shallow stream at the head of a large snowfield cradled in the saddle, rather than risk a snow-bridge collapse.

The summit area of Walker Mountain offers expansive views into Emigrant Wilderness and beyond. We found the register on the east summit, which is clearly higher than the west. We both felt that Walker is a worthy candidate for inclusion in the Western States Climbers list.

The use trail on the flanks of the Ridge HP is easy to lose on the way back up. My advice is, when in doubt, go up.

After retracing our steps and returning to the large brushy meadow, we descended about 600 feet to Willow Flat, fighting our way through brush and aspens, where we intersected the Burt Canyon Trail. Took the trail back to the beginning. All in all, our ascent route seemed better.

11.2 miles; 4,200 feet gain.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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