Ascent of West Spanish Peak on 2012-06-23

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Saturday, June 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Spanish Peak
    Elevation:13626 ft / 4153 m

Ascent Trip Report

Alan Bernier and I climbed West Spanish Peak today starting at the Cordova Pass campground. While neither the distance (7.4 mi. r.t.) nor elevation gain (a bit over 2600 feet total) were extreme, nearly 2/3 of the elevation gain was on a steep scree and rock field--quite tiring, especially for a geezer (I'm 64).

For the first 2 1/2 mi. from the campground the well-maintained trail drops about 150 feet and then ascends gradually to just under 12,000 feet. Then the scree begins. A use trail ascends the steep slope with occasional cairns to mark the route. Near the top the grade finally levels off. There are three knobs on top separated by small dips. The westernmost appears to be the highest. The 360 degree views are among the most striking of any peak I've done, although a combination of drifting smoke from forest fires and an insect infestation made it unpleasant to stay more than a few minutes on the top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2657 ft / 809 m
    Total Elevation Loss:279 ft / 84 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:hot w. smoke haze
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2515 ft / 766 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2378 ft / 725 m; Extra: 137 ft / 41m
    Loss on way in:137 ft / 41 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Cordova Pass  11248 ft / 3428 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:142 ft / 43 m
    Gain on way out:142 ft / 43 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes

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