Ascent of Jobs Peak on 2012-09-17

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, September 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jobs Peak
    Elevation:10633 ft / 3240 m

Ascent Trip Report

My main purpose was to climb Freel Peak for the PCT county list, but when I checked the beta I saw that many climb Job's Peak and Job's Sister at the same time. My plan was to do Job's Sister, wasn't sure about Job's peak when I started. I also debated which route to use and finally decided on the Trout Creek route. If I were to do it again I think I would just start at the TRT at Heavenly Ski Resort, or maybe at the TH near the end of Saddle Road, which has a short trail leading over to the TRT. It is longer but I like the TRT and would avoid the sand slog doing that.

Even at the top of Freel I still hadn't decided to go to Job's Peak, mainly because I didn't start until about 11:00 am. However from the top of Sister, Job looked so close that I decided to give it a try. The whole way down the steep sand I was telling myself that it was going to be a long hard climb to get back up! I stopped a number of times and thought about turning around, but kept going down. I really did misjudge how far down it was to the saddle, but once there it was senseless to turn around.

From the saddle I followed a trail going low and seeming more direct towards Job's Peak, but then it circled around and traversed along the middle of the slope below the ridge, which seemed a long ways out of the way. There was a smaller trail going more directly towards the summit so I switched to that one. It wasn't too bad but no fun going up the sand. On the return I stayed on the trail that traversed below the ridge, which seemed much better and even though it was longer it probably would have been faster going up. I then saw a path going up at a diagonal from the saddle to the left, and realized that there was no need to go back up to Job's Sister again. It wasn't too bad and reached the flat area below Sister where the trail had mostly disappeared on the way, but was easy to see it ahead of me going to Freel. Also coming down Freel I had followed the steep trail that goes alongside of the electrical conduit, but going back up took a gentler route around to the left.

There used to be a path that goes around Freel to the right, in the valley between it and Job's Sister, but there was a sign saying the area was closed and I also didn't see any fresh tracks there.

I have no accurate idea how much extra elevation gain was involved but seems like it must have been about 2000 feet. The GPS app (ViewRanger) for my tablet (Samsung, 7") is supposed to calculate that but it doesn't do it right. And stopping at each low or high point and recording the elevation is too much trouble, especially as the tablet is awkward to carry so I have it in my day pack.

From the locked gate at the end of FS1201 it took me 1:20 to get to the TRT, 38 min. more to the top of Freel, spent 33 min. there eating lunch and reading the registers, 27 min. to the top of Job's Sister, 53 min. to the top of Job's Peak, 10 min. there and 2:36 back to the trail head, total time RT of 6:37. I did jog a lot on the downhills on the return, especially the sand on the use trail. I also spent about 10 min. climbing on the rocks at the TRT junction on the way down (included in the 2:36).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Loss:3113 ft / 947 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Route:Use trail
    Start Trailhead:Job's Sister  10823 ft / 3298 m
    Time:53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2923 ft / 890 m
    Route:Use trail, Freel Peak Trail
    End Trailhead:FS 1201 TH  7710 ft / 2350 m
    Time:2 Hours 36 Minutes

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