Ascent of East Peak on 2011-12-29

Climber: Rob Carter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, December 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:East Peak
    Elevation:9591 ft / 2923 m

Ascent Trip Report

Skiied two days in marginal conditions (no snow), so I decided to do a training climb up under the Gondola. It is steeper than it appears from riding up to ski! No real trail, but many drainage chutes to chose from. A little snow and crampons would have beeen ideal as there is some loose scree to deal with without cover. A side trail a third of the way up (around tower 14) leads E to a nice waterfall, and W to a subdivision that would reduce the travel through the shopping district. The trail under towers 15-18 was a little rough, particularly on the way back down. At the saddle a jeep trail leads over to the East and the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3391 ft / 1033 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Through the resort, state park, and up under the G
    Trailhead:Corner of Hill and Greenwood in Heavenly, CA  6200 ft / 1889 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:7 Hours 

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