Ascent of Riddle Mountain on 2009-01-22

Climber: Lane Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Riddle Mountain
    Elevation:6352 ft / 1936 m

Ascent Trip Report

This being January, the farthest my 4WD vehicle could make it up the rough road, muddy in places, was the wide turnout just below the steep section that goes up along the cliffside. My hike started in mud but soon became a snow climb, alas without snowshoes. Near the top, I was wading through three feet of snow. The lookout tower, which sits on the very summit, was enshrouded in dense fog. Despite all this, it was a great hike and workout.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1174 ft / 357 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:Turnout before steep section  5178 ft / 1578 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
Cold and clear/foggy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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