Ascent of Mount Grafton on 2019-07-29

Climber: Tom Gathright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:ATV
Peak:Mount Grafton
    Elevation:10990 ft / 3349 m

Ascent Trip Report

This turned out to be a much more strenuous hike than I anticipated. When I plan these, looking at topo maps and reading other's reports, I really seem to underestimate important details. Specifically for this it was the: 1) the deepness of the saddles, 2) the steepness of the hike coming out of the saddles and 3) the rocks (both big and small).

I started at the saddle between Peak 10105 and Patterson Peak, the road/OHV trail was in good shape and perhaps drivable in a 4WD vehicle, but it is narrow and would lead to lots of scratches and paint damage. On an ATV is was certainly doable without any trouble. Hiking up to Peak 10105 involves some bushwhacking through knee high scrub and some dead Mahogany trees, staying on rocky sections helps minimize bushwhacking. The biggest bother on this section was the knee high Thistle.

From Peak 10105 to Peak 10195, the north side of Peak 10105 involves some bushwhacking through 8-9 foot tall aspens. This is generally easy as the trees are thin and wispy. The ascent up the south side of Peak 10195 is straight forward and a little steep, but on the north end of this peak there is a rocky section that needs to be worked around. I hiked to the west side following game trails and this seemed to work rather well.

Hiking over Peak 10562 is straight forward, but this is where the rocks start to emerge as another obstacle. This peak like the others to it's south involved bushwhacking down the northern ridge to the next saddle, but again this was not bad. Hiking up to the Lincoln County HP and continuing to Peak 10802 starts to involve the rocky sections with some rock hopping and some scrambling.

The hike from Peak 10802 to Mt Grafton required the longest rocky ridge crossing and by the time of day the wind was blowing very very hard from the west. The wind made it difficult to keep balance working along the rocks. Because of the wind, I planned my return to side hill lower along the rocks on the west side, this worked well for me as the rocks were more stable and the wind helped keep me cooler. The downside was it involved a little more bushwhacking. So my return was similar to my approach except bypassing some of the peaks.

MY Garmin batteries died along the return so the gps track ends before I reached my TH. Round trip was 11 miles and took me 8 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Up the ridge from the Swartz Mine
    Time:4 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Grafton

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 101052019-07-29 a 
2Peak 101952019-07-29 b 
3Lincoln County High Peak2019-07-29 c 
5Point 108022019-07-29 e 
6Mount Grafton2019-07-29 f 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tom Gathright
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