Ascent of Wright Mountain on 2012-06-30

Climber: Brian Richardsson

Others in Party:UCIMC Hiking Club: Teri
Date:Saturday, June 30, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wright Mountain
    Elevation:8505 ft / 2592 m

Ascent Trip Report

very fun hike to a peak i had not previously been to. a couple caveats about this hike:

1) the beginning can be a little bit misleading. at the start of the acorn trail (i.e. at the trail marker itself), the path splits. to the left is the acorn trail, and to the right is a path up the canyon to a waterfall. unfortunately, the path to the right is wider and is heavily traveled. this means that if you don't know what you're doing, you can waste some time following *a* trial until it dead-ends, but it's not *the* trail you're looking for. stay to the left at the trail marker if you want the acorn trail and wright mountain.

2) after you connect with the pct, there is a confusing write up in the hps route guide. first of all, there is a use trial that forks off to the left, which is not mentioned in the guide (more on that later). second of all, the guide says to look for a jeep trail and take that to the summit. the jeep trail is completely grown over in places, and is virtually impossible to find unless you know exactly where to head off from the pct, i.e. you have a gps track to follow, or are with someone who knows what they're doing. luckily, we had both, or i never would have found the jeep trail. and even once you're on the jeep trail, it comes and goes as some areas are much more distinct than others.

3) the use trail appears to be (from my gps track) a loop option. there is a tremendous view from a slide area close to the summit. it looks like half the face of the mountain just disappeared. the use trial appears to be an alternate way to the summit, along that "ridge" line, if you are comfortable route finding and/or bushwhacking. i plan on trying this option next time up.

just one other small point: the elevation on this hike is front loaded. you have almost no vertical gain once you hit the pct. so pace yourself in the early going.

this front loaded gain along with the route-finding issue probably makes this hike a little more difficult than it really is (i.e. a "6" instead of a "4" or "5"). you can also make it much quicker, as we had some turtles in our group. but it's a really nice hike that i look forward to doing again.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2205 ft / 672 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2205 ft / 672 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
very pleasent morning, but quite warm in the afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2205 ft / 672 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:HPS Route #3
    Start Trailhead:6300 ft / 1920 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2205 ft / 672 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:HPS route #3
    End Trailhead:6300 ft / 1920 m
    Time:2 Hours 

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