Ascent of Highwood Peak on 2020-07-03

Climber: Brandon Boulier

Date:Friday, July 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Highwood Peak
    Elevation:9186 ft / 2799 m

Ascent Trip Report

Class 2+

Before the David P Jones new Rockies South guidebook came out. The only known routes on this peak were difficult climber scrambles or technical. However, with the release of his book. There was information on an older ascent that came up from the SE side. Access is from Picklejar Lakes, north over a col into a basin. Head NE in the basin to a headwall and then traverse (sidehill) up to a shoulder that gives you the first look of Highwood. From here you can see the entire ascent line. From the shoulder drop into the basin SE of the objective. Head W and access a ramp terrace that takes you to just below the summit on the E side. Scramble up 2+ terrain on a mildly exposed and loose ridge to the summit. On my ascent, conditions were full alpine. The bowl and ramp was fully covered in seasonal and storm snow. Mountaineering axes and crampons were used. A couple sections were almost 35 degrees steep. Round trip was 8 hours and 40 mins.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4915 ft / 1498 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2+.
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4915 ft / 1498 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Start Trailhead:4271 ft / 1301 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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