Ascent of Gove Peak on 2019-09-23

Climber: Robert Jenner

Others in Party:Keith Anderson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gove Peak
    Elevation:5310 ft / 1618 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used bicycles to travel the 3 miles from the parking lot to the Green Lake trailhead. The Carbon River Road is a pleasure to bike on with a decent gravel road, not much elevation gain, and in a beautiful setting. The trailhead is signed and has a wooden bike rake to facilitate securing bikes.

Hiking the Green Lake trail to the point where Green Lake is visible and the trail begins descending, we started scrambling easterly up through low angle terrain with scattered blow-down and young conifers. A 1/4 mile in, the terrain starts getting steeper but also opens up, making route-finding easier. Our direction of travel gradually shifted to a southeasterly bearing. Eventually we encountered a large gully full of Devil's Club which forced us deviate our bearing northeast. I marked a waypoint at the east end of the patch where our travel could continue uphill in a southeasterly direction.

We encountered the base of the cliff band at around 4300'. From here, I initially scouted west and discovered a large, climbable crack that could allow passage to the top (marked waypoint). I continued westerly past the crack to a large gully full of Devil's Club. Staying close to the base of the cliff, I could see that passage above the Devil's Club and up the gully was possible from my position. From my vantage point, I could also see the "ridgelet and blocking nose" referred to in "Guide to 100 Peaks" further west just beyond the gully. I returned to where my hiking partner was waiting and reported my findings. After some discussion, we decided instead to explore easterly in the opposite directly and soon discovered that the cliffs ended and allowed for passage uphill (marked with waypoint). We also found a stream bed, (probably the same one John Gilbert references in his trip report) and stayed just west as we followed it up.

By this time we were traveling straight south following the path of least resistance. We swung east more or less in line with Tim Hagan's GPS track, aiming for a col on the southwestern ridge of Gove Peak. There was one unpleasant encounter with wasps at a location I marked by a waypoint, and though my partner got stung they were not too aggressive, possibly because of the cool, damp day. The terrain below the ridge is an imposing cliff in this area, but we found a steep (60 degree) narrow gully that allowed us to scramble up to the ridge.

Once on the ridge, we turned northeast and followed its jumbled features on a faint, inconsistent boot path. We made our way to the treed highpoint, scouted the saddle connecting the highpoint with the marked summit, then returned to a flat overlook to have a quick lunch and beat a hasty retreat from advancing weather. As we descended southwest on the ridge, we went past the point where we earlier ascended and continued on, hoping to find an easier slope to down-climb. As the GPS track shows, we did find a much better path. On our descent, we mostly followed our track, except for a few places where we shortcut to save time. Our mileage, including a short trip to the lake, was 12.5. Total elevation gain including the bike trip, was 3578'. It took us 9.5 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3121 ft / 951 m
    Route:North slope to southwest ridge
    Trailhead:Green Lake trail  2189 ft / 667 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Mostly cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Robert Jenner
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