Ascent of Mount Defiance on 2015-01-11
|Others in Party:||Chris Conboy|
|Date:||Sunday, January 11, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5584 ft / 1702 m|
Ascent Trip ReportGreat day for a hike! It was cloudy for the whole ascent with a few very short bursts of snow, nothing strong or long enough to even pull a jacket out. We did not encounter any snow on the trail until right near the junction where the trail splits to go to Bandera. The snow was intermittent from here to the ridge NNW of Mason Lake. As we began to ascend from there it grew deeper. It is very compact on the trail so snowshoes were not needed. We broke our own trail from the main trail to the summit when we reached the large open slopes SE of the peak. We gained the ridge and continued to the summit, passing through patches of bare ground under the trees and snow where it was open. We were the second party to summit for the day. A pair of hikers were descending as we headed off trail. Views were obscured by cloud cover, though occasionally we could make out the peaks across I-90 and the lower reaches of Bandera. Since the wind was pretty mellow, we ate lunch on the summit. The descent was uneventful except when we completely ignored the sign pointing us back to Mason Lake and instead began hiking towards Island Lakes. We figured it out after a few hundred meters and turned back. Many groups were hiking up to Mason Lake and along the lower trail.
GPS track is ascent only.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3384 ft / 1031 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||3384 ft / 1031 m|
| Route:||Ira Spring Tr to Mt Defiance Tr|
| Start Trailhead:||2200 ft / 670 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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