Ascent of Mount Moriah on 2020-10-14

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Dave Covill -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Moriah
    Elevation:12067 ft / 3678 m

Ascent Trip Report

The crux of this route is the drive to the trailhead. There are certainly worse roads out there, and this one is not particularly steep or hair-raisingly exposed. But it is long and features sustained sections of big ugly sharp rocks and deep ruts. Dave really did not have too much of trouble navigating it in his 4Runner, rating it only a 4 out of 10 on his scale, and he only took about 50 minutes each way to do the drive, a pretty aggressive time. But anything less capable (e.g. Subaru, RAV4, CRV, etc.) might have some problems or need to be driven extra slowly and with care.

The hike is mostly on a good trail, which right away loses a couple hundred feet into a creek valley before starting to climb up to the Table, a vast flat grassy plain that is quite scenic. There is no trail up the slope from here, but eventually the route turns a corner to slab along a ridge, where a good footway leads the summit on a circuitous winding path.

As the path slabbed under the summit ridge we abandoned it to head directly uphill on talus to the broad crest NE of the summit, and the scrambled easily to the very top. After a good rest we headed down, and I elected to tag the low-prominence NE peak before dropping down to the pathway and rejoin Dave--that was an easy detour and an easy Class 2.

Overall a nice hike, and we didn't see any humans at all while away from the US 50 highway.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2558 ft / 779 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2558 ft / 779 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2377 ft / 724 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2156 ft / 658 m; Extra: 221 ft / 67m
    Loss on way in:221 ft / 67 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Moriah Tr
    Start Trailhead:Road 469  9911 ft / 3020 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2337 ft / 712 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2156 ft / 658 m; Extra: 181 ft / 55m
    Gain on way out:181 ft / 55 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.2 km
    Route:Moriah Tr
    End Trailhead:Road 469  9911 ft / 3020 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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