Ascent of Adams Peak on 2019-10-06
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, October 6, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8199 ft / 2499 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter being unable to make it into the mountains because of moving and being out of the country, I was anxious to get back after nearly a month off. I was eyeing up Adams Peak as a good first peak from my new home base in Reno, and it was the last of the Tahoe-area SPS peaks I had left to do.
After working all morning, I packed up my things and made the short drive north to Frenchman Lake. As I got higher in elevation, I passed by occasional aspen groves beginning to change colors; they were nowhere near peak, but the pale yellows were still pretty. After reaching the lake, I turned off onto a dirt road with signage towards Crystal Peak and Mount Adams and followed Dean Gaudet's directions as far up the road as I could. It was one of the more pleasant dirt roads I've driven in the Sierra, and my low-clearance car was able to handle it easily -- until I reached a gigantic rut that seems to be the place where two-wheel-drive cars park. I grabbed my pack and continued up the dirt road on foot starting at 2:38pm.
After a mile or so, I turned off of the forest road onto an old trail, which continued through a giant meadow and eventually led to the saddle southwest of the two peaks of Adams Peak. From there, I wandered a bit through the brush towards the saddle between the east and west peaks, not trying very hard to find the optimal path. I summitted the east peak at 3:40pm and the west peak at 3:53pm, unfortunately not finding a register on either. The summit views were interesting and not like other Tahoe-area peaks: the surrounding desert reminded me of the Southern Sierra. The weather was clear, and Lassen was visible to the northwest.
I was back at my car at 4:43pm, and I got going quickly so that I could stop at Costco before heading home. On my drive out, I passed three trucks and an ATV of hunters on their way up. It wasn't a memorable climb, but it wasn't bad for being in my new backyard!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1610 ft / 490 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||45 ft / 13 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1610 ft / 490 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1565 ft / 477 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m|
| Loss on way in:||45 ft / 13 m|
| Distance:||2.7 mi / 4.3 km|
| Start Trailhead:||Forest road 6634 ft / 2022 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 2 Minutes|
| Route:||Traverse to west peak|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Adams|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1692 ft / 516 m Total Trip Loss: 1653 ft / 504 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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