Ascent of Pfeifferhorn on 2014-08-17
|Others in Party:||Christian G.|
|Date:||Sunday, August 17, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||11326 ft / 3452 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPfeifferhorn was my second elevener, and it was a blast. Red Bear Lake is gorgeous, as are its companion lakes, and the route itself is interesting. The trail to the lake is wide enough to walk two abreast for a good chunk of the way.
The talus slope leading up to the first ridge looks worse than it is, and the same holds for the "bridge in the sky" and what I called the "wall of death" -- the knife ridge of jumbled boulders and the final summit approach, both of which looked pretty intimidating at first.
But the place was like a freeway: So many people were ahead of us, doing what looked tough, that I figured it must be pretty reasonable. The boulder ridge turned out to be a lot of fun, and up close the route to the summit was totally manageable.
I definitely felt my comfort zone expanding on this hike: I noticed exposure less, found it easier to keep my head, and just took things as they came. On the way back down, it took me half as long to reach the ridge, and I took the topmost route across the ridge itself, jumping and even hanging for a long drop as I picked my way across.
It's a long hike with plenty of elevation gain, but totally worth it. The scrambling is fun and the view is superb.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3700 ft / 1127 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||9 mi / 14.5 km|
| Route:||White Pine Trail|
| Trailhead:||White Pine Trailhead 7626 ft / 2324 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS Class 3|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
About 75 degrees
| Time:||4 Hours 50 Minutes|
| Time:||3 Hours 20 Minutes|
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