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Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2019-11-23

Climber: Lisa Barboza

Others in Party:Kathy Rich
Date:Saturday, November 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:7070 ft / 2154 m

Ascent Trip Report

We hiked this with the Las Vegas Mountaineering Club and there were 13 people on the outing. We started from the the Mountain Springs road off of Hwy 160 , then to road 540 to elevation 5700 feet, the trailhead, on a cold November morning. On north faces, there was about 4 inches of fresh snow, and even more as we went higher. Southeasterly faces had melted out.

We followed a wash, then a ridge, to the skyline just below First Creek Overlook Peak; we went and climbed the peak, and then looked at the descent to a saddle that led to Mount Wilson. We elected to take the southeastern face, steep, but it would go. There was a lot of loose rock, some bushwhacking, some scree and in a few places we elected to go single file for safety.

Once to the saddle, there were several use trails that led to the sandstone outcrop, and from there, several well placed ducks showed the route. The route we took is a defect on the south side of the peak, nice climbing in the sandstone and it went at Class 2 the entire way.

There is a false summit; the true summit is to the north and out of sight beyond the false summit (of course). The true summit can be climbed with a low CL3 move, or, on the west side, a CL2 ramp. Nice views and a summit register awaited us. Climber Jim joined us as we sat and ate lunch, and elected to return with us.

To return, we chose a the CL3 spine below First Creek Overlook peak. It went nicely, some CL3, mostly CL2, some bushwhack; eventually we had to drop over to the north side through a small gap, which put us in 4-6 inches of snow but made for a nice traverse route to a saddle below the First Creek Overlook peak. From there, we simply retraced our steps back down a ridge to the wash.

Statistics: 7.5 miles, 3100 feet of gain, total. A nice hike and great people!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3120 ft / 950 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3120 ft / 950 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Grade/Class:CL3
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Cold early, great temperatures later
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2270 ft / 691 m
    Loss on way in:2270 ft / 691 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:850 ft / 259 m
    Gain on way out:850 ft / 259 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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