Ascent of Hillman Peak on 2010-07-29

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Krystal Wanberg
Date:Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hillman Peak
    Elevation:8151 ft / 2484 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first peak of the day, and the most challenging even though it had the least gain. We made our way up from the Watchman Overlook parking area along the PCT 'scenic detour' the headed north out of the lot. We began our ascent south of the west ridge, then joined up with the ridge and followed it east toward the summit. We departed the ridge for a walk along the top of a north-side snowfield, then regained the ridge once it split off and started to climb more steeply. There are a few class 3 moves needed near the top, possibly a class 4 right below the summit. Any reasonably confident scrambler should be fine, just mind the rock used for holds; there are plenty of loose ones! Stay away from the side that hangs above the lake, the rock is particularly bad there, and a fall probably wouldn't stop until you hit the water 2000' below!

We descended all the way back to the trail along the west ridge, which is by far a better route than our ascent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:551 ft / 167 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:West ridge
    Trailhead:Watchman Overlook  7600 ft / 2316 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes

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