Ascent of Twin Mountain on 2020-07-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, July 25, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8897 ft / 2711 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDriving Notes from the east:
0.0 At the intersection of Foothill Road and Bulgar Flat Lane, Turn West on Bulger Flat Lane.
2.1 Road curves left and narrows.
2.6 Pass "LIEN" private drive on your right.
2.7 Continue straight (vs left) at fork.
See a sign "ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND" on your right.
Road becomes more primitive.
3.1 Cross over a creek on a bridge.
3.8 Continue straight.
4.1 Parked on the right.
From my parking spot I hiked an abandoned road that leads a short distance up the east ridge before becoming overgrown. I then left the road and entered the heavy forest. I made use of game trails where I could and tried to stay near the ridge line to minimize the steepness. At about 6900 feet the forest opened up and the climb became more pleasant.
I eventually reached the summit of the subsidiary Peak 8566 where I found a cairn and a summit registry with a few notes from Elk hunters. From Peak 8566 I tried to follow the summit ridgeline west towards the summit of Twin Mountain a little over a mile away. The ridge between Peak 8566 and Powder Benchmark is rocky and staying high slowed my ascent. On the descent I traversed through forest and across talus below the ridge to the south and this was more efficient.
I visited Powder Benchmark on the traverse. I did not linger and did not find a registry there. The ridge between Powder Benchmark and the summit further west was easy to follow.
The Twin Mountain summit is still decorated with a pair of skis that were there in 2006. The new Twin Mountain summit registry is a notepad in good condition, but the container is broken plastic and needs replacement.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4913 ft / 1496 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||4913 ft / 1496 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||8.7 mi / 14 km|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||4580 ft / 1395 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3997 ft / 1218 m; Extra: 583 ft / 177m|
| Loss on way in:||583 ft / 177 m|
| Distance:||4.4 mi / 7.1 km|
| Route:||East Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Bulger Flat Road 4900 ft / 1493 m|
| Loss on way out:||4330 ft / 1319 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 3997 ft / 1218 m; Extra: 333 ft / 101m|
| Gain on way out:||333 ft / 101 m|
| Distance:||4.3 mi / 6.9 km|
| Route:||East Ridge|
| End Trailhead:||Bulger Flat Road 4900 ft / 1493 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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