Ascent of Lee Peak on 2021-06-12

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Others in Party:Cheryl Thomas
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 12, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lee Peak
    Elevation:11289 ft / 3440 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hike one of the shortest routes to summit Lee Peak. From the Upper Bristlecone trailhead, we hiked along the Bristlecone Trail. We took the old Bristlecone Trail (aka No Name) off to the left and continued up until we met the junction with the Wallace Canyon saddle trail. Following this trail we reached the Wallace Canyon saddle. From here we took a sharp left hand turn and followed the north ridge of Lee Peak all the way to the summit. There are several obstacles to avoid on the way up and there is intermittent use trails and cairns to guide the way. Depending on your skill level you may want to stick close to the spine of the ridge in which case you will have up to class 4 climbing over some of the cliff bands. There are always some workarounds if you aren't feeling up to the climbing. These workarounds are mainly found going around the climbers' right of the ridge. At the summit there is a large cliff band that you can workaround either left or right. We ascended on the right and descended on the left. A very fun albeit steep hike. This will test your cardio fitness.
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From L to R, Lee Peak, Rocketship Peak and Mount Charleston as seen from Old Bristlecone Trail (2021-06-02). Photo by Jerry Thomas.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2760 ft / 840 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2760 ft / 840 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Grade/Class:class 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2703 ft / 823 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2619 ft / 798 m; Extra: 84 ft / 25m
    Loss on way in:84 ft / 25 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Upper Bristlecone Trailhead  8670 ft / 2642 m
    Time:2 Hours 39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2676 ft / 815 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2619 ft / 798 m; Extra: 57 ft / 17m
    Gain on way out:57 ft / 17 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:North Ridge
    End Trailhead:Upper Bristlecone Trailhead  8670 ft / 2642 m
    Time:2 Hours 38 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jerry Thomas
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