Ascent of Ten-Four Mountain on 2014-06-03

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ten-Four Mountain
    Elevation:4384 ft / 1336 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not bad for after work on a Tuesday. I made my way out to a pullout along Ben Howard Road right near the gate. The gate was open, but there was a sign warning that it could be locked at any time. Not wanting to spend the night with the Yaris parked on the wrong side of the gate, I wisely parked along the road and grabbed my bike off the roof for the long ascent. The first few miles are flat or slightly uphill, though a gentle grade. It was thoroughly pleasant. I made it up to Airplane Lake without incident, with only a few very short sections where I gave up and pushed, none longer than a few hundred feet. Above Airplane Lake, I had been advised that the road gets rocky. The first third was fine, then it was rocky for a few hundred feet, then the last bit was nice. Upon arrival at the main ridge, it flattens up a bit and I was glad that I kept the bike. I made it all the way to the end of the road and encountered a few snow patches along the way. I ditched the bike out of view (not that I was too worried or would be gone for long). I had actually packed a pair of pants in my bag for the bushwhack, but it started out nicer than expected so I kept my biking shorts on. It quickly degraded and I got scratched up a bit. The brush was pretty bad, but I was able to walk on a number of downed logs. It has been dry for a few days so I did not get soaked to the bone like previous ascenders. Once I arrived at the summit, I initially did not see the register. I took a few photos on top, sat down for a snack, and then looked a little harder for the register. I found it and noted that Greg Slayden was the last person to sign it from 2012. I guess it was under the snow for some more recent ascents. I made the short, but crappy hike back to my bike, shook out my shoes upon arrival, and hopped on for the excellent ride down. I made it from the end of the road where my bike was stashed to the car in 48 minutes, not bad. The ride down was awesome - lots of coasting without the need for brakes. When I returned to pavement, I found the gate locked.

GPX notes: I made a bunch of turn indicators on my GPS prior to the hike so I would not wander on to the wrong logging roads. I left them, though a few were more than obvious when I passed them.

21.8 miles
31.5 mph max speed
4 hrs 45 min car-to-car
5.8 mph moving avg
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4224 ft / 1287 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4224 ft / 1287 m
    Route:Logging Roads via Airplane Lake
    Start Trailhead:160 ft / 48 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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