Ascent of Adams Peak on 2019-10-06

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Adams Peak
    Elevation:8199 ft / 2499 m

Ascent Trip Report

After 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    Route:Traverse to west peak
Ascent Part of Trip: Adams

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Adams Peak2019-10-06 a1610 ft / 491 m
2Adams Peak-West Peak2019-10-06 b82 ft / 25 m
Total Trip Gain: 1692 ft / 516 m    Total Trip Loss: 1653 ft / 504 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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