Ascent of West Mountain Peak on 2013-11-30

Climber: Martin Ralya

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:West Mountain Peak
    Elevation:7680 ft / 2340 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first solo hike, first solo summit, and highest summit reached under my own power -- a great trip!

Despite being a road hike, and despite the summit being mobbed with TV towers, the views from the road and especially from the summit were gorgeous. Very much a peak worth climbing. The road is more pothole and hump than road in places, and steep. It ascends and descends en route, so both directions are a good workout.

Up top, I could see for miles in every direction. The scenery included sheer cliffs, canyons, far-off mountains, wide stretches of desert, and the city of Santa Clara in the distance. The loudest sound was the crunch of snow under my shoes, and I never saw anything bigger than a bird.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:900 ft / 274 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:YDS Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
45 degrees
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Service road
    Start Trailhead:Hell Hole Pass  6780 ft / 2066 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Service road
    End Trailhead:Hell Hole Pass  
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes

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