Ascent of Smetana Hill on 2015-02-04

Climber: Max Rees

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Smetana Hill
    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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Max Rees
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