Ascent of Glass Mountain on 2013-04-20
|Others in Party:||Joel Brewster|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, April 20, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
| Elevation:||11160 ft / 3401 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was supposed to be a short and easy hike up the mountain, but was complicated by its steep and loose terrain and considerable snow starting at about 10000'. As my approach shoes are terrible on snow, it made the ascent far more difficult than anticipated. When the snow cleared it revealed patches of what amounts to volcanic ash that is very soft and loose, making progress no less tough on my sore left Achilles tendon. The summit had spectacular views of the White Mountains on one side, and the Sierras on the other, all with lots of snow. I don't know that I have had better scenery on a summit! Mt Ritter and The Minarets were not far, and Montgomery/Boundary Peaks, along with Mt Dubois were close as well.
After a very long summit interval (1:39) waiting for the rest of the party to arrive, descent was a breeze, as the snow had softened in the sun and the ash was great for plunge stepping. I was actually sort of skiing on the snow in my approach shoes rather than glissading like other party members did.
Actual moving time was 1:01 up, 47 down, with a long (8 min) stop near the trailhead (end of the hike) to speak with Harlan on the way down. I didn't include the 8 minutes in my decent time stats.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2090 ft / 636 m|
| Extra Gain:||74 ft / 22 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3 mi / 4.8 km|
| Route:||East Flank|
| Trailhead:||Blocked road off Sawmill Meadows Rd 9218 ft / 2809 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Clear sunny day
| Time:||1 Hours 25 Minutes|
| Time:||47 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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