Ascent of Basin Mountain on 2003-09-27

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 27, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Basin Mountain
    Elevation:13181 ft / 4017 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Horton Creek Trailhead, I started this dayhike at 7:15 a.m. The first 4 miles of the trail are along an old mining road, and the 2,000’ of elevation gain to Horton Lake took me about 2 hours. Once at the lake, I made my way through the forest and across the outlet stream. From the stream, I continued around the south side of the lake across a boulder field, then followed the main inlet stream southward up the valley to the second of two small lakes. From the upper lake, I headed east and a little south up towards the northeast ridge of Basin. I made a right turn just below the ridge, staying about 50-100’ below the ridge all the way to the summit. I arrived on top at 12:45 p.m., and the climbing was class 1 except for a class 2 area between the two small lakes and the summit area. From the summit, I followed my ascent route back to Horton Lake. Since I did not care for the boulder field on the way up, I headed around the western side of Horton Lake to the trail. As it turned out, this was a poor decision because of the dense vegetation. Nonetheless, I made good time on the hike out, arriving back at my car at 3:30 p.m.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5180 ft / 1578 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5180 ft / 1578 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5180 ft / 1578 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Horton Lake/north slope
    Start Trailhead:Horton Creek trailhead  8001 ft / 2438 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5180 ft / 1578 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:North slope/Horton Lake
    End Trailhead:Horton Creek trailhead  8001 ft / 2438 m

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