Ascent of China Cap on 2007-08-21
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 21, 2007|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8656 ft / 2638 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe first half of this trail can be very dusty when dry. Some places the powder was over an inch thick. As you approach the southwest face, you meet the China Ridge Trail that runs from the northwest ridge, along the southwest base, then south toward Burger Pass. I turned right (south) and then left the trail at the first saddle to pick up China Cap's south ridge. It was a scramble some of the way with a little bushwacking. Navigating around the clusters of whitebark pines was more difficult than the footing.
From the summit, nice views were had of the higher Wallowas to the east and the La Grande basin to the west. The whole north face is a sheer drop. On this August day, there must have been thousands of ladybugs on the summit rocks. I'd heard of bears being attracted to this phenomenon, but had never seen it before.
To return, I descended along the west ridge. My guess is that this would have been a little easier to scramble up than the south ridge. At the saddle, I turned left (southeast) on the China Ridge Trail back to the Elk Creek Trail. A nice scramble workout on an interesting shaped mountain.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3176 ft / 968 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3176 ft / 968 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||8.9 mi / 14.3 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Gain on way in:||3176 ft / 968 m|
| Distance:||4.4 mi / 7.1 km|
| Route:||Elk Creek Trail 1944A & 1944|
| Start Trailhead:||Buck Creek Trailhead 5480 ft / 1670 m|
| Loss on way out:||3176 ft / 968 m|
| Distance:||4.5 mi / 7.2 km|
| Route:||China Ridge Trail 1906 - Elk Creek Trail 1944 & 19|
| End Trailhead:||Buck Creek Trailhead 5480 ft / 1670 m|
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