Ascent of Willow Peak on 2013-04-26

Climber: Jen Chapman

Others in Party:Susan Murphy
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Willow Peak
    Elevation:9967 ft / 3037 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked from the Bonanza Trail side with Susan Murphy and Abby. The ridge out to the peak was much rougher than I anticipated. We had to skirt several of the cliff bands on account of Abby (and maybe me!). All work arounds were on west side with the exception of the final summit block, whose protective cliffs were easiest to pass on the east (though we climbed up on the west, we descended on the east). Though only 2 miles out along the ridge to Willow Peak, do not underestimate how long it will take in the rough terrain. Beautiful day and good conditions, with about a dozen stretches of snow on the upper parts of Bonanza Trail. Encountered a group of 3 wild horses on the Willow Ridge that actually approached us fairy close, and saw a lot of elk poop, but no elk.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Time:5 Hours 16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 10 Minutes

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