Ascent of Smetana Hill on 2015-02-04
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 4, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8023 ft / 2445 m|
Ascent Trip Report Take the famous Ice House Canyon trail to the IHC Saddle and head North towards Timber Mnt. After this winters rainstorms and some very nice trail maintenance the IHC trail seems to have been shortened just a bit (maybe .15 by the time you reach the saddle) but there are plenty of cairns to keep you on track. Nearing the top there is a sign on your right, facing uphill (East), ".25 Timber Mountain". If you continue in the direction you came from (North) you'll see a faint trail heading downhill, follow it across a few switchbacks (during this time of the year most were full of packed snow, crampons weren’t necessary, as it was maybe 20 steps at a time) and soon you'll see Smetana Hill across a low laying saddle.
The distance from here is deceptive, because you have to traverse fairly far passed the peak to make it up the steep hill. The trail is very evident but does get narrow at times between manzaita bush. About .10 miles from the peak the trail splits; and one goes up towards Rees Point and Telegraph and the other fades to nothing as you head towards Smetana.
The ups and downs of this route near the peak make it especially tiring, snow pack doesn’t help either. Because of the snow pack I missed one of the switchbacks and accidentally cut about .12 of a mile from the ascent.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3002 ft / 915 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3002 ft / 915 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||10.1 mi / 16.3 km|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||3002 ft / 915 m|
| Distance:||5 mi / 8.1 km|
| Route:||IHC Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||IHC Parking Lot 5021 ft / 1530 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 38 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||3002 ft / 915 m|
| Distance:||5.1 mi / 8.2 km|
| Route:||IHC Trail|
| End Trailhead:||IHC Parking Lot 5021 ft / 1530 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 13 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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