Ascent of Quartzite Mountain on 2011-02-27

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Brian Keith
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Quartzite Mountain
    Elevation:7133 ft / 2174 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had been warned that this could be a boring hike, but a freak snowstorm the prior night made the hike more challenging and MUCH more scenic.

Following the old road (now closed to traffic) was usually straightforward enough, but once at the pass just above 6400', we did not see a trace of a use trail. That said, making a route from there wasn't difficult, and would have been trivial without the snow.

The final summit block had a bit of class 3, but the rest of the trip was class 1-2 (probably all class 1 without snow).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2169 ft / 660 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5364 ft / 1634 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2069 ft / 630 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1969 ft / 601 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Old road to 6400', then S ridge
    Start Trailhead:Quail Spring Rd @ 5164'  5164 ft / 1573 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5264 ft / 1604 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5164 ft / 1574 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Old road to 6400', then S ridge
    End Trailhead:Quail Spring Rd @ 5164'  1969 ft / 600 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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