Ascent of Peak 6396 on 2014-01-04

Climber: Steven Thompson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Peak 6396
    Elevation:6396 ft / 1949 m

Ascent Trip Report

Peak 6396 is peak number two in a series of 3 ranked peaks in a row.  Broader, wider and higher than the first peak in the series (Peak 5860), Peak 6396 is approached by continuing to follow fire road 929 to it's end.  One of the gullies that the fire road passed through was washed out, so I parked at a nice wide area (fire pit included) and hiked the remaining 1/8 mile to my approach route.

The terrain is rocky, and the hillside view makes one wonder if the climb is worth all the bushwhacking that appears to be needed.  But a surprising number of rocky trails weave in and out on the way, making the climb relatively brush free.

Take a few minutes and visit the first saddle for some very interesting natural cairns.  They appear to form a doorway with piled rocks on the saddle.  Very cool.   Aim for the rocky summit mound and the very large "Hoodoo" type statue near the beginning of the mound.  To the north is a very nice passage way through the mound to the ridge line.  The summit is reached in short order.

Beautiful views in all directions, but nothings quite as spectacular as east as the towering red rocks of Kolob Canyon towers over the closer ridge line peaks of Peak 6690.

I had planned on dropping north off of Peak 6396 and hiking the ridge to Peak 6690.  I didn't realize how sheltered I had been on the eastern face from the wind and cold until I reached the northern ridge.  Slammed with wind of gusts up to around 25 mph, the wind chill caused me to take some quick pictures then hunker down off summit for a late lunch and a re-evaluation of my plan.   I was clearly not dressed for the wind chill factors, and hiking the ridge would leave me exposed the entire day.  I decided to take my time and enjoy the view, and save the remaining peak for another day.  

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1419 ft / 432 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1419 ft / 432 m
    Start Trailhead:4977 ft / 1516 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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