Ascent of Mount Houghton on 2020-01-25

Climber: Powen Ru

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 25, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Houghton
    Elevation:10490 ft / 3197 m

Ascent Trip Report

Originally tried to follow McLaughlin's track to get Houghton first, then discouraged by snowmobiles traffic to start with, and the slope to Tamarack looks tractable, I decided to climb Tamarack first. I used the most direct approach to get down to 9400 saddle, thought about going with 17N85, but eventually took a snowmobile track from the spring to the ridge. The ridge walk seems longer than it looks, but straightforward enough to reach the summit.
On descent, I retraced my tracks to the radio (comm) tower, met 3 skiers doing Rose Knob to Mt. Rose. The ridge to Relay Peak is narrow but not exposed. Relay Peak has a good view to Tahoe. Get down is a little scary; I should have gone a little further to use the more gentle terrain of the ridge for a while. I followed Third Creek to reach Incline Lake Road to hike out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3392 ft / 1033 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3392 ft / 1033 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2602 ft / 793 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1930 ft / 588 m; Extra: 672 ft / 204m
    Loss on way in:672 ft / 204 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Tamarack Pk, then SW ridge
    Start Trailhead:Incline Lake TH  8560 ft / 2609 m
    Time:4 Hours 42 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2720 ft / 829 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1930 ft / 588 m; Extra: 790 ft / 240m
    Gain on way out:790 ft / 240 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:SW ridge, then Relay Pk
    End Trailhead:Incline Lake TH  8560 ft / 2609 m
    Time:3 Hours 13 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Powen Ru
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