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Ascent of Square Top on 2014-09-15

Climber: Lane Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Square Top
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:10694 ft / 3259 m

Ascent Trip Report

See my reports on Cougar Peak and the Matterhorn. The hike from the Matterhorn down to the saddle and back up to Square Top is barren, and after the steep rocky descent from the Matterhorn summit the terrain is just like the rest of the Jarbidge Ridge--all boot-shredding small rocks. The log on Square Top is another nice mailbox.
I didn't have enough time or water to continue on to Jumbo and Jarbidge peaks; so at the saddle below Square Top, I took the lower of two good trails angling down across the long scree slope below the saddle, leading to the ridge between Gorge and Snowslide creeks. After the scree slope, the trail stayed on the steep slope on the south side of the ridge, but soon vanished. So I climbed up to the top of the ridge and followed elk tracks down the very steep slope. From the wide meadow at about 8,000 feet, you work your way down into the canyon close to the camp ground. A heckuva workout for a 70-year-old; 16 hours to cover 14.7 miles and three peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:471 ft / 143 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4464 ft / 1360 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:471 ft / 143 m
    Loss on way in:615 ft / 187 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Saddle from Matterhorn
    Start Trailhead:Matterhorn  10838 ft / 3303 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3849 ft / 1173 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Ridge below Jumbo Peak
    End Trailhead:Camp ground at end of Jarbidge River road  6845 ft / 2086 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Jarbidge ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Cougar Peak2014-09-154769 ft / 1454 m
2Matterhorn2014-09-151336 ft / 407 m
3Square Top2014-09-15471 ft / 144 m
Total Trip Gain: 6576 ft / 2005 m    Total Trip Loss: 6740 ft / 2054 m



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