Ascent of Prominencians Peak on 2008-07-06

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, July 6, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Prominencians Peak
    Elevation:5139 ft / 1566 m

Ascent Trip Report

"Prominencians Peak" is the unofficial name of a peak that rises a few miles SW of Diamond Pk, the HP of Garfield county. The hike to it starts the same way as the hike to Diamond Pk. At the trail junction at the 6000- saddle between Diamond Pk itself and its 6360+ competitor nearly a mile NW, I turned SW and hiked the trail nearly 2000' down a ridge. At the switchback S of "Point 4599" (which is SE of the center of section 9), I left the trail and bushwhacked WSW through the forest to a saddle at ~4220', which happens to be the prominence saddle of the destination peak. From there I climbed up a steep, partly open grassy slope to the summit ridge, from which it is a short scramble on intermittent rocks through the forest to the summit.

The hike is quite anticlimatic because one must hike down 2000' from the vicinity of Diamond Pk before beginning the 900' climb up to the summit. The hike is usually combined with a hike to Diamond Pk itself. Add a few ups and downs to get over or around Diamond Pk, and the total elevation gain is about 3500', which takes over half a day. Without the trail to help with the 2000' descent, the hike would be quite strenuous.

I picked about a dozen ticks off of me during and shortly after this hike. Thankfully, none had bitten very far into me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:919 ft / 280 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:NE face
    Trailhead:Prominencians Saddle  4220 ft / 1286 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Diamond 2008

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Prominencians Peak2008-07-06 09919 ft / 280 m
2Diamond Peak2008-07-06 132159 ft / 658 m
Total Trip Gain: 3078 ft / 938 m    Total Trip Loss: 3078 ft / 938 m

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