Ascent of Eagle Mountain on 2014-03-09

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Kevin Ford
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eagle Mountain
    Elevation:5350 ft / 1630 m

Ascent Trip Report

Crossing the desert to get to the mountain, you pass some incredible formations- stacked stones, canyons carved out of stone, washes that cleanly pass through hills, and more. There's enough distance for you to pick from a wide variety of routes. When you reach the main wast west of the summit, that's where the fun begins. While it wasn't direct, and did involve some elevation loss, I did find a route that was almost all class 1 gaining and staying close to the north ridge. At about 4640' one needs to switch to the north side of the ridge, and lose a bit of elevation until regaining the ridge at 4840'. While there were some cairns at the top of the ridge further up, we couldn't find a trail until the last time we crossed the 5000' contour line before the main summit. It was extremely welcome there, as there were plenty of bad routes with challenging climbing on other routes. On the way down, we took a more direct route down one of the washes. It was OK, with a few patches of class 3.

While one might be able to avoid various thorny brush, wearing long pants saves time by letting you (mostly) ignore it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2770 ft / 843 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2770 ft / 843 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2570 ft / 783 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2270 ft / 692 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:west slope
    Start Trailhead:Picnic area near campground  3080 ft / 938 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2470 ft / 752 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2270 ft / 692 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:west slope
    End Trailhead:Picnic area near campground  3080 ft / 938 m
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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