Ascent of Stewart Point on 2011-03-06

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jeff Casey
Can't Find ClimberID 3692
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stewart Point
    Elevation:5266 ft / 1605 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the way up we took the SE ridge, though we left the main wash early and then traversed around to the correct ridge. The main wash gets surprisingly narrow and has several fun dry falls. The SE ridge is brutally steep, but not technically challenging. Fortunately it does have some solid ground (as opposed to the plentiful loose sand and scree).

The views from the summit were really spectacular - not only were the snow-capped Charleston Peak and Telescope Peak clearly visible, but many other local ranges were particularly colorful and scenic.

On the way back we took the south ridge to about 4760', then headed down the ridge there and eventually into the wash south of the ridge. The ridge was great, but once off it, the terrain was much looser than the way we ascended, and hence I wouldn't recommend it as an ascent route, but it was OK as a descent route, and the different scenery made it well worth it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2806 ft / 855 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2806 ft / 855 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2576 ft / 785 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:SE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:CA Highway 178 @ 820m  2690 ft / 819 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2806 ft / 855 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2576 ft / 786 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Gain on way out:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:S ridge to 4760'
    End Trailhead:CA Highway 178 @ 820m  2690 ft / 819 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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