Ascent to Mormon Peak-Scouting Hike on 2014-02-08
|Others in Party:||Anji Cerney|
|Date:||Saturday, February 8, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||No Summit Goal|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Point Reached:||Mormon Peak - Scouting Hike|
| Elevation:||3728 ft / 1136 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis one went bad from the very start, as we missed the turnoff from the main dirt road that heads to the trailhead. We followed the wrong dirt road into a canyon, then another that ended at a saddle below some sort of communications mast. We attempted to hike around the hills over to the trailhead, or at least see if we could find the correct dirt road.
Not far from our parking spot, we found the remains of the F-16 fighter jet described in James Barlow's trip report. We hiked up to a large section that appeared to be the left wing. After finding multiple pieces of wreckage scattered here and there, and stopping to inspect many of them, we continued on.
We eventually found our missing dirt road, but at that point we were still about 2.25 miles from the official trailhead. This would have put us at the trailhead we had been intending to start from around 11:30AM, if not later, and none of us wanted that late of a start for this peak, or a hike that long, as it isn't on any lists any of us was working on, and is fairly "local". We will come back again sometime and get it then. We did have a nice easy workout hike with the bonus of the wreckage to check out. It will also serve as a "reconnaissance" for our future attempt.
On the way out we found what we strongly believe is the turnoff for the dirt road that leads to the trailhead. The turnoff is located at N36°54.118', W114°39.614'. We did not drive far up this road, but from the parts we did see (the start, and the middle where we hiked a little of it) looked like it was in pretty good condition. This turnoff is not far past the formerly locked gate that looks like it has been wide open for a long time. The gate seems snapped in half in the middle (i.e. it is in two pieces), and the bottom rungs are covered in soil that has washed over them. There was one other gate before this that was intact, open, and similarly buried (even more deeply) in runoff debris.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1205 ft / 367 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1205 ft / 366 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||6.8 mi / 11 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Clear and nice
| Gain on way in:||768 ft / 234 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 166 ft / 51 m; Extra: 602 ft / 183m|
| Loss on way in:||602 ft / 183 m|
| Distance:||2.8 mi / 4.5 km|
| Route:||Skirting base of hills|
| Start Trailhead:||Saddle below comms mast 3562 ft / 1085 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 3 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||603 ft / 183 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 166 ft / 51 m; Extra: 437 ft / 133m|
| Gain on way out:||437 ft / 133 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Skirting base of hills|
| End Trailhead:||Saddle below comms mast 3562 ft / 1085 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 12 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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