Ascent of Red Reef on 2020-04-10

Climber: Tom Gathright

Others in Party:Kent & Allison
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 10, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Red Reef
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Super nice hike made even better with good friends. From the day use parking area the hike starts off on the main Red Reef trail, but the hike to the summit of Red Reef requires one to turn south into the very first canyon. This smaller and less traveled canyon is typically dry, but has some nice canyon views to take in.

The crux of the entire hike comes at the end of the southbound canyon hike where one must scramble up a decent chute with pretty good hand holds to exit the canyon. From there one can follow a dim social trail along the eastern side of the main ridge that leads to the summit. At about the intersection of the dim trail and the 3,800 foot contour line the trail is less visible, but here one can see small cairns that followed a good route and made a nice scramble up the east side of the ridge. From the ridge top it is an easy stroll to the summit.

The views are very nice in all directions. We returned via the same route and on the descent the cairns were much easier to see than when ascending. The decent through the chute was perhaps a bit more difficult than ascending, but that really comes down to the individual. All in all this is a very enjoyable hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1191 ft / 363 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1191 ft / 363 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:See gps track
    Start Trailhead:Day use parking area  3049 ft / 929 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tom Gathright
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