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Ascent of Mount Price on 2019-09-15

Climber: Tobias Flach

Date:Sunday, September 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Price
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9975 ft / 3040 m

Ascent Trip Report

The plan was do hit Mt. Agassiz and Mt. Price while making this scrambling trip a loop.
I parked the car at the Twin Lakes trailhead (to shorten the time it would take for the return trip) and used the lake trail plus a short section on the road to get to the Bloodsucker trail (note: there is no self-issue permit station located at this trailhead). The first 6 miles or so would be on trail (Bloodsucker trail + Lyons Creek trail) all the way to Lyons Lake. I took a cross-country shortcut though before Bloodsucker Trail enters a downhill section before it meets with Lyons Creek trail. It saved me a couple of hundred feet extra elevation gain at the cost of a bit of bushwhacking at the end and having to find a suitable spot for crossing the creek before hitting the regular trail again.

Once at Lyons Lake the real fun starts. I followed mostly GPS tracks from existing trip reports and stayed just left of the creek until hitting a patch of leftover snow a couple hundred feet further up. Up to that point it was all easy slab climbing. After the snow patch I made a right turn towards the saddle between Agassiz and Price. At this point some boulder hopping was involved. Once I reached the large flat between the two peaks the wind started to pick up a lot. Given that a red flag warning was issued for that afternoon I was expecting this and it meant that I wouldn't end up spending a ton of time at the summits. I bagged Agassiz (again some boulder hopping involved) and Price (just a walk up) in quick succession.

So far so good. For the return trip I was aiming to get down to Island lake and take the Twin Lakes trail back to the start. From trip reports it sounded like the route would be class 2 / easy class 3 scrambling (at least for the first steepish section) towards Peak 9640 followed by a straightforward descent on the ridge towards the lake. Unfortunately the routes I tried out were above my comfort level that day likely a mix of being more conservative when going solo + a ton of wind. The last attempt I made was to get over the knife ridge towards Peak 9640 but I didn't like the exposure. The alternative was to descent below the knife section, traverse south of it and then climb back to the saddle. However I was running out of the buffer time I had and since I didn't ascent from the Island Lake side I decided to play it safe and get back out the way I came in instead of dealing with extra uncertainty about the route.

Overall a successful trip but in retrospect I should have chosen to do this trip in the reverse direction. Route finding is obviously easier in the uphill direction.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 2/3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Agassiz / Price

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Agassiz2019-09-15 a3967 ft / 1209 m
2Mount Price2019-09-15 b 
Total Trip Gain: 3967 ft / 1209 m    Total Trip Loss: 3967 ft / 1209 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tobias Flach
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