Ascent of Mazatzal Peak on 2011-01-15

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Chris Rutz
Ben Greene
Don Oliver
Jay Laursen
Tanja Blue
Katie Daugherty
Date:Saturday, January 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mazatzal Peak
    Elevation:7903 ft / 2408 m

Ascent Trip Report

Given the relatively dry season and recent heat, our group was surprised to find considerable snow on the southeast slopes. The hike was definitely challenging- aside from the about 4000' of accumulated gain, there was much brutal brush (plants with thorns, cacti, plants with sharp leaves, ...). The snow and ice added yet another set of obstacles.

In terms of the route - the Y-bar trail was decent (some fallen trees and slight washouts, but usually easy to follow, thanks to cairns in some difficult stretches). Going from the Y-bar trail to the summit was challenging, but routefinding was not an issue - most choices led where you wanted to go without stranding you (and when you came to a dead-end, getting out of it didn't require much backtracking).

That said, the view from the summit made it worth it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4063 ft / 1237 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Y-bar trail to SE ridge
    Trailhead:Barnhardt Trailhead  4240 ft / 1292 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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