Ascent of Leech Lake Mountain on 1997-05-15

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, May 15, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Leech Lake Mountain
    Elevation:6637 ft / 2022 m

Ascent Trip Report

About 1 mile west of the Eel River Bridge, turn up the Blands Cove/Ham Pass Rd (FSR 24N21). Approx 0.5 mile beyond Ham Pass (9 miles), park at the TH (4,750') for Leech Lake Mountain--there is no sign. The trail is an old but good dirt road, gated. I enjoyed the 3-mile hike to Leech Lake (5,900'--9:40A),from which I followed the trail to its crest, a saddle overlooking the Middle Eel Canyon. From here it was an easy scramble with about 300' elevation gain to the summit (10:15-11:00A). Good views of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness and Round Valley. After a leisurely break on top, I headed back to the TH (1:05P)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1887 ft / 575 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:via Leech Lake
    Trailhead:1/2 mile from Ham Pass  4750 ft / 1447 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1-1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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