Ascent of Peak 3794 on 2020-03-05

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, March 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 3794
    Elevation:3794 ft / 1156 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is in Bankhead Springs. The south side of Old Highway 80 is pretty much closed off with barbed wire, concertina wire, and locked gates. The only opening was what looked like a post-apocalyptic resort. There were no "No Trespassing" signs and the residents said it was okay to hike there. In reality, I was looking for Head Benchmark.

With a little judgement, you can follow old roads and goat paths to a saddle due east of Bankhead Springs. From there, it's a rolling landscape leading to a transmission tower for the Sunrise Power Link. Peak 3794 is south of the tower. From the peak, you can see all kinds of construction activity. The landscape is dotted with interesting outcroppings and rock gardens. Weather was warm at Bankhead Springs, but breezy and chilly near the top.

Trip down was a little more treacherous. Best to avoid the interesting rock formations and work your way south to the flats before heading west toward Bankhead Springs.
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Peak 3794 is to the right, or south of the transmission tower (2020-03-05). Photo by Jeffrey Swain.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:467 ft / 142 m
    Total Elevation Loss:470 ft / 143 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Chilly near the top
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:467 ft / 142 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Old roads and goat paths
    Start Trailhead:Bankhead Springs  3327 ft / 1014 m
    Time:1 Hours 49 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:470 ft / 143 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Old roads and goat paths
    End Trailhead:Bankhead Springs  3324 ft / 1013 m
    Time:1 Hours 49 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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