Ascent of Fish Valley Peak on 2021-07-08

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Date:Thursday, July 8, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Fish Valley Peak
    Elevation:10571 ft / 3222 m

Ascent Trip Report

The GPX shows my ascent. (Batteries died on the summit.) Returned via Kathy Rich's descent track.

The hike starts with a 500-foot drop down Lost Cannon Creek on an unmaintained trail. After crossing the creek on a small log dam, I climbed a moderately steep slope covered with thickets of brush and aspen and teeming with mosquitos and black flies. Small meadows of larkspur, paintbrush, monkey flower, etc. dotted the hillside.

After some navigational errors, I finally summitted about 1:00 pm in a howling, zephyr wind. Sadly, I couldn't find a register, only a piece of broken glass under some rocks.

The descent went smoothly and, at precisely 3:49 pm, I was again in the clutches of the aspens when, wham!, what I later found out was a M6.0 tremor struck and everything started shaking. The rolling ground movement seemed surreal at first, and I thought maybe the heat and dehydration had caught up with me. But then I realized -- earthquake! I held onto a sturdy tree trunk for balance and watched in awe as the aspens shook amid the sound of nearby rockfall. At that moment, I was thankful to be off the mountain and not a first-hand observer (or victim!) of gravity doing its thing.

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Small snow patch on the way to Fish Valley Peak (2021-07-08). Photo by Bob McLaughlin.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Mud/Swamp
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob McLaughlin
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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Other Photos

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An oasis in the brush enroute to Fish Valley Peak (2021-07-08). Photo by Bob McLaughlin.
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