Ascent of Peak 9971 on 2014-10-21
|Date:||Tuesday, October 21, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9971 ft / 3039 m|
Ascent Trip ReportHiked 8 peaks along 10K ridge starting from Fish Creek Parking and a XC climb to Hell for Sure. Followed road SE from parking for ¼ mile, turned into a cleared field and found old trail at edge of clearing to about 8400’ which petered out. Next time would start climb to the west to avoid having to cross the draw. From about 8700’ to the 9580’ knob and beyond to 9400’, the climb was relatively easy given the gain. Beyond 9400’ was very brushy; should have stayed above 9400’ until the cut up to the ridge which itself was straight-forward.
Unfortunately, I could find no register on Hell for Sure. Found what seemed to be an obvious rock pile for it but no register. Except for a few ducks and an occasional section of a use trail, the rest of the trip to Lake Peak would be XC. Travel was relatively straight-forward with only occasional backtracking due to brush. Great views all along the ridge especially to Gorgonio and down into MineShaft Flat.
Interesting register at Carmen which is starting to deteriorate. Per register which was left by Club Montanista, “Today is her 82 birthday. This peak is named in honor of Alex Ramirez’s mom who passed away 2 yrs ago exactly on Oct-16-06.”
8:15am Start from Fish Creek Trailhead 8115’ 32°F
11:15am Hell for Sure Peak 9920’
11:50am Tea Bag Can Peak 9884’ aka Newt’s Peak per register
12:45pm Peak 9971
1:25pm Peak 10055
1:41pm Carmen Peak 10075’
2:00pm Ten Thousand Foot Ridge 10094’ 83°F
2:43pm Fish Creek Peak 9942’
3:35 Lake Peak 10161’
3:50 Fish Creek Saddle
6:00pm End at Fish Creek Trailhead 46°F
Total: 12.2 miles, 3494’ gain, 9hrs 40mins.
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