Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2015-06-20

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Josef Nuernberger
John Ide
Date:Saturday, June 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Elevation:12323 ft / 3756 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a challenging ascent, though some of it was due to my poor conditioning. The route was great through the Par Value lakes- the trail was maintained through West Lake, and the terrain was easy enough from there to the Par Value Lakes, though we did see traces of a use trail. From Par Value Lakes, we went up the main valley for a bit until we saw the chute going up the high plateau. The chute was the only bad part of the ascent, but it was brutal- loose and steep. Fortunately it was a relatively short section.

The summit had incredible views. While this site (currently) lists the northern end of the summit ridge as the high point, everyone in my party agreed the next high point south appeared higher (and that's where the register is located).

On the way back, I was feeling the altitude and didn't want to climb back over the ridge, so we just headed down. In retrospect, going over the ridge and down the next valley to Virginia Pass, or back the way we came, would have been better. The chute we descended started out okay, but got steep and loose, and went on much longer than the chute we ascended. Once out of the chute, the valley was severely infested with mosquitoes, but at least the terrain was good. Even going up to Virginia Pass, though technically we hit the ridge northwest of the pass, the terrain was good.

After Virginia Pass, there was a decent use trail heading back to the trailhead (though it did feel long, at the end of a long day).

Note: I started and ended this hike at a campsite in the campground. Starting at the trailhead (marked with a waypoint on my GPS track) would add about a quarter mile each way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5033 ft / 1533 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5033 ft / 1533 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.9 mi / 24 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4683 ft / 1427 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4283 ft / 1306 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Route:Via Par Value Lakes
    Start Trailhead:Green Lakes trailhead  8040 ft / 2450 m
    Time:6 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4633 ft / 1412 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4283 ft / 1306 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Gain on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Via Virginia Pass
    End Trailhead:Green Lakes trailhead  8040 ft / 2450 m
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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