Ascent of Peak 9971 on 2014-10-21

Climber: Fred Hanson

Date:Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 9971
    Elevation:9971 ft / 3039 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked 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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North side of San Gorgonio from Peak 9971 along the Ten Thousand Foot Ridge (2014-10-21). Photo by Fred Hanson.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Part of Trip: Ten Thousand Foot Ridge (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hell for Sure Peak2014-10-21 a3494 ft / 1065 m
2Tea Bag Can Peak2014-10-21 b 
3Peak 99712014-10-21 c 
4Peak 100552014-10-21 d 
5Carmen Peak2014-10-21 e 
6Ten Thousand Foot Ridge2014-10-21 f 
7Fish Creek Peak2014-10-21 g 
8Lake Peak2014-10-21 h 
Total Trip Gain: 3494 ft / 1065 m    Total Trip Loss: 1688 ft / 515 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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