Ascent of Lightning Mountain on 2019-08-08

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lightning Mountain
    Elevation:9328 ft / 2843 m

Ascent Trip Report

As advertised, this is an awesome hike, easily my favorite of the past few days. No brush, no scree and no talus!

From the summit, I spotted nearby Airola, Hiram, Silver, Highland, Arnot and Disaster Peaks. Each looked menacing and impossible to climb. Also had a view to the west of Dardanelles Cone and the snowfield guarding its NW ridge, where I'd turned around the day before. Enjoyed lunch in the company of butterflies but didn't linger as ominous-looking clouds had boiled up to the east and south.

The trail is in excellent condition, although nominally closed due to post-fire hazards. IMO, it might be unsafe to hike in this area in windy conditions or T-storms. Otherwise it didn't seem risky at all. The cross country is steep but not difficult. Much of the hike is in a mature red fir forest that largely escaped last year's Donnell fire.

The crux of the day was crossing the main strand of Disaster Creek, which I encountered soon after the trail splits. The rocks were slippery in the morning and I ended up with a wet boot. On the way back, I found a two-foot diameter log about 50 yards downstream that made for an easy, dry crossing.

11 miles; +3,300 feet; 7 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Marcus Sierra GPX
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob McLaughlin
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