Ascent of Reiley Peak on 2013-02-06

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Reiley Peak
    Elevation:7640 ft / 2328 m

Ascent Trip Report

Follow Ash Creek Road west to the signed (green road sign) junction with Sunset Loop. A few yards beyond is a dirt road with USFS signage just up the road and a stop sign for traffic exiting onto Ash Creek or Sunset. Turn onto this road (USFS #660) and follow it roughly 2/3-mile to a junction. Here USFS #659 goes left. It is signed with a vertical USFS road number sign; watch for more of these at potentially confusing intersections. (For the trail leading to Bassett Peak, stay on 660.)

Road 659 goes about 10.5 to 11.0 miles to a water tank where you will want to park. The first mile is fairly tame, the second mile gets rougher, and the third mile is the driving crux. It requires 4WD and high clearance if you want to be sure you can get through it both ways. While still rough, the road gradually gets better beyond this point. On your way from road 660 to the water tank you will pass through 5 gates that you must open and close behind you. Road 659 goes right (vertical sign) just before the water tank but you can see the tank at this point and bear left on the road to it. I'd suggest you allow an hour to an hour and a half each way for the drive on 659.

My GPS track shows different up and down routes. I came down the more easterly ridge to avoid the drop through Brush Canyon. This was a mistake, as that ridge stays higher and brushier for longer - I actually took a bit longer coming down than going up. My up ridge also gets more animal use and has more usable paths. The summit is not at the north end of the ridge, where the topo map shows some higher contours, or in the middle where the benchmark is. The highest natural rocks, confirmed by sight leveling, are at the southern end of the summit ridge. The registers are also located here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2375 ft / 722 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2375 ft / 723 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2175 ft / 662 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1855 ft / 565 m; Extra: 320 ft / 97m
    Loss on way in:320 ft / 97 m
    Route:ridge between Brush & Rockhouse Cyns
    Start Trailhead:water tank  5785 ft / 1763 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2055 ft / 626 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1855 ft / 565 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:ridge between Brush & Mud Springs Cyns
    End Trailhead:water tank  5785 ft / 1763 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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