Ascent of Ryan Peak on 2019-09-14
|Date:||Saturday, September 14, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11714 ft / 3570 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMy brother, Jon, and I slept nearby and were on the trail by 8am...except that we weren't on the right trail. Make sure you take the right one leading out from the parking loop, it's easy to miss it. Anyway, once on the correct path, we cruised up to the junction of West Pass. It was very clearly marked, and continued a well maintained trail. It's not unbearably steep, but it the grade never really eases up until you arrive at West Pass and leave the trail. Then it just gets steeper. We basically went straight up the face below the crest of the Ryan/Kent ridge. Hiking up through the vegetation provided much better footing than the rock/scree/talus. Once on the ridge, an obvious trail begins again aiming up to the summit. There are a few rocks to climb over, but nothing difficult or exposed if you go the right way. We made it to the top in just over 4 hrs. The views in every direction are amazing. We took some pics, signed the register in the box, called our dad in England, and headed back down. Once on the saddle between Ryan and Kent, we opted to slide down the scree. It was fun, and so much quicker and easier than trying to hike down. We got down the face and back to the trail in about 20 mins, under an hour from the top. The trip down was uneventful. At times we jogged to save our quads and knees the effort of trying to slow down on the steep trail. We got back to the car in 2 1/2 hrs. My watch tracked it as 12.5 miles, roughly 5,000 ft elevation gain, and 33,000 steps...all worth it for the view on top and time spent in nature.
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