Ascent of Waugh Mountain on 2013-09-23
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, September 23, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11710 ft / 3569 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFind the small town of Cotopaxi (not nearly as attractive as the volcano in Ecuador) on US Hwy 50. County Road 12 heads north from "downtown."
0.0 Jct US 50/CR 12 - head north
8.5 Pavement ends
10.1 CR 12 reaches junction with CR 16 - go right, onto CR 16
13.4 BLM sign for Waugh Mountain Road - go left through private ranches
17.5 Saddle, corral, go left across cattle guard (enter BLM land, per my map)
17.8 Go up short spur to left, gap in fence has BLM sign prohibiting motor vehicle travel beyond this point
See GPS track. I headed up the closed road to the ridge, where it turned left (toward the peak). I stayed on this road, keeping left/uphill at forks, until it died at about 11,150' but a trail continued uphill. I followed this for perhaps 100 yards when it disappeared in the new snow. I'm not sure if it kept going, or to where, but it didn't matter. It was easy enough to pick my way through open woods to the summit ridge, where I turned left and up to the top. The woods were not terribly thick, and would have been fairly pleasant to travel were it not for the new snow they insisted on dropping on me. I went back the way I came, in large part because of the snow. It might be easier in dry conditions to skip the road/trail and just head straight for the peak after reaching the ridge, but I can't say for sure.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1130 ft / 344 m|
| Route:||BLM trail, x-c|
| Trailhead:||BLM trailhead 10580 ft / 3224 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Ken Jones
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