Ascent of Mount Disappointment on 2021-03-17

Climber: Winnette Butler

Others in Party:Patricia Arredondo
Terry Ginsberg
Bruce Craig -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Dora Olmea
Nick/Joyti Shah
Edith Liu
Al Acosta
Melani Pipo
Deb Nakamoto
Richard Prosser
Date:Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Disappointment
    Elevation:5960 ft / 1816 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with the Meanderthals to Mount Disappointment from Red Box on Angeles Crest Highway. Since the Red Box Road was closed at the parking lot even though the website showed it open, we walked up the Wilson road to Eaton Saddle where we went through the Mueller tunnel towards Mt. Lowe. When we got to the saddle, we could see the entire trail was covered in snow and also the road ahead. We headed up the trail towards San Gabriel Peak, had a rest at the saddle and then took the service road up to Mount Disappointment. There was a large work crew on top putting up a new building. After lunch on top with fantastic views towards a snow-covered Mt. Baldy Ridge, we went down the service road that ends at the start of the JPL Trail on the Mount Wilson Road and back to our cars at Red Box. The roads were mostly clear of snow, but had several bad spots with black ice. The trails still had quite a bit of icy snow in spots, and we finally broke down and put on our micro spikes for safety on the way up. We managed to get down without them since it was melting more in the sun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1400 ft / 426 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1400 ft / 426 m
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Start Trailhead:4560 ft / 1389 m
Descent Statistics

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