Ascent of Hildreth Peak on 2019-08-18
|Date:||Sunday, August 18, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5065 ft / 1543 m|
Ascent Trip Report***Sierra Club Led Hike***
Parked at highway 33 turnout with lots of deer hunters, as the season started the prior week. We carried hunter orange vests and backpack covers, so if hiking after daybreak they would easily see us.
To avoid the heat of the day, our plan was to hike throughout the night, returning by early morning.
We started shortly after 8:00 PM and followed the road, which could have been biked at least to Three Sisters. From there the road was covered with shin high flowers with some thorns, so pants are advisable. The road followed a ridge line but had many ups and downs, with the low point about one mile from the peak. The final ascent to the summit was brushy, with no clear path. We ascended to the saddle between the two bumps and then turned east to the summit. Eventually we found the summit and signed the register (at 3:30 AM). After a short break we headed back down to the road, but took a more direct route, that was clearer (so use that route to the summit). The road back was long and once the sunrise arrived, we put on the hunter orange colors, but saw no hunters until reaching the highway turnout. The return got hot as there was absolutely no shade anywhere along the road. We finally finished at 11:30 AM; happy to have this one finished.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4045 ft / 1232 m|
| Extra Gain:||2000 ft / 609 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||29.2 mi / 47 km|
| Route:||Dirt Road|
| Trailhead:||Highway 33 Turnout 5020 ft / 1530 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Time:||7 Hours |
| Time:||7 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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