Ascent of Mount Gower on 2020-11-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, November 14, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3103 ft / 945 m|
Ascent Trip ReportParked just outside the gate for Mt Gower County Preserve (as I thought I might return after sunset, when the gate is locked).
Hiked up the well maintained trail and took the turnoff for Peak 1976, reaching the summit and then returned back to the main trail. As I neared False Mt Gower, I hiked up a use trail leading to the summit. The use trail had a few Class 2 sections. From the summit, I did not see any clear paths to either Mt Gower or Middle Gower. I ended up bushwhacking to Middle Gower and then to Mt Gower (taking about one hour for this traverse). Once on Mt Gower, signed the register and found a ducked use trail, but lost it on a big rock slab near a dry stream crossing near 2600'. I bushwhacked some trying to regain my original track on the ridge leading to False Gower, with heavy bushwhacking on the final dry stream crossing. Regained my original track and headed back to the car, reaching it in the dark. As I passed the locked gate, an hour after sunset, very glad to have parked outside the gate.
Stats for round trip on all peaks.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2413 ft / 735 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1000 ft / 304 m|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||2413 ft / 735 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1413 ft / 430 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m|
| Loss on way in:||1000 ft / 304 m|
| Distance:||11 mi / 17.7 km|
| Route:||Mt Gower Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Mt Gower County Preserve 1690 ft / 515 m|
| Time:||5 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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