Ascent of Mount Hinman on 2021-07-04

Climber: Jeff Heidel

Date:Sunday, July 4, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hinman
    Elevation:7492 ft / 2283 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this one as a two night trip via Necklace Valley, camped at Emerald Lake. Necklace Valley is quite brushy with patches of stinging nettle so long pants are a good idea. The water level is currently high so the log crossing across the East Fork Foss River requires a bit of stream hopping to reach the north side of it. There are maybe 5 downed trees about half way up to Jade Lake which are a bit annoying to get through (some crawling necessary). At Jade Lake, the trail along the east side currently requires wading through ankle-depth water at the base of the impassable cliffs. Scrambling around the west side of the lake may also be a reasonable option. Patchy snow currently starts at the south end of Jade Lake. Our camp at Emerald Lake was on dry ground. The next morning we ascended the valley between La Bohn Lakes and La Bohn Peak rather than taking the waterfall trail climber's left up to La Bohn Lakes. The waterfall trail was patchy snow and would have been more difficult. The valley is steep snow (approx 40 degrees) and an ice axe & crampons were very helpful here. Once at La Bohn Lakes the route follows the ridge. There are two steps that require some class 3 scrambling but they're easy. The ridge is patchy snow but poles were fine throughout. The upper mountain is about 50/50 snow and rock hopping. The route more or less follows the top of the ridge line. About 500ft below the summit the route skirts clockwise around the summit onto the top of the Hinman Glacier. No crevasses or any signs of instability were visible. There's some steep snow here but ice axes weren't needed because exposure wasn't an issue. The USGS summit of Hinman is at the far end and is clearly several feet lower than other peaks on the ridge. It's difficult to tell which point is highest because they're all within maybe 10 feet of each other.

More route details here:
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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