Ascent of Willow Peak on 2011-07-26

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jeff Casey
Maria Stafford
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Willow Peak
    Elevation:9967 ft / 3037 m

Ascent Trip Report

Probably the first thing to note about this hike is that two trails leave from the Bonanza trailhead - the Bonanza trail (initially heading south) and one to Whisky Spring (initially heading west). While one can go (off-trail) from the Whisky Spring trail to the Bonanza trail, it isn't pretty.

Upon hitting the pass, one departs the trail and follows the ridgeline, more or less, to reach Willow Peak. The route has intermittent cairns, but is often difficult to follow. Also, a route that stays on top of the ridge has a couple of class 3+ chutes that have enough exposure that some may want a hand-line or belay. The route takes time, but can be a lot of fun. The view at the summit is also great.

Also, the high point is before the end of ridge - it is worth it to walk the extra 800 feet or so to reach the end of the ridge for additional great views.

Another thing to note is the existence and location of Willow Arch (see waypoint on attached GPS track). Because of the slope of the ground, unless one is high enough on the ridge, one could pass right by it and miss it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3604 ft / 1098 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3604 ft / 1098 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.1 mi / 17.9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2954 ft / 900 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2454 ft / 748 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Bonanza Trail -> SE ridge
    Start Trailhead:Bonanza Trailhead  7513 ft / 2289 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3104 ft / 946 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2454 ft / 748 m; Extra: 650 ft / 198m
    Gain on way out:650 ft / 198 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:Bonanza Trail -> SE ridge
    End Trailhead:Bonanza Trailhead  7513 ft / 2289 m
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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