Ascent of Red Mountain on 2010-08-07

Climber: Caleb Morris

Others in Party:Troy Baker
Date:Saturday, August 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Red Mountain
    Elevation:9560 ft / 2913 m

Ascent Trip Report

My first climb with Troy Baker, who has become one of my closest friends and who over the years has helped me to become a much better climber. Here, we summited from Eagle Creek`. Getting to Crater Lake requires navigating what seems like endless switchbacks on a trail that is nearly overgrown. From Crater Lake we gained the ridge south of a gendarme between Granite and Red rather than up the conventional climbers route which is very steep and a little difficult to locate. Our gaining the ridge sooner was a little unorthdox, but I would choose that route if I were to repeat this hike, we descended the standard scramble trail and I didnt care for it at all. Anyway, this is a long day of hiking from Eagle Creek, and the rough terrain of the final 1000 feet make this a fairly tiring summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5120 ft / 1560 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5120 ft / 1560 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Start Trailhead:4440 ft / 1353 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km

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