Ascent of Cougar Pond Southwest on 2015-07-08

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cougar Pond Southwest
    Elevation:8920 ft / 2718 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Cougar Pond Southwest via Pine Creek Road on the east side. Here are some mileages:

0.0 Turn west on "Pine Creek Lane".
0.8 Pine Creek Road narrows and becomes rockier.
1.1 Pass through a gate. From this point the next 2.5 miles passes through private property and one must stay on the road bed or be liable for trespassing.
1.5 Continue straight along Pine Creek at a fork.
1.8 Road becomes steeper and rockier.
2.6 Road improves slightly (5200').
3.6 Road leaves private property (5600'). Some parking is available here.

Beyond 3.6 miles Pine Creek Road continues, but soon becomes extremely steep, narrow, and rocky. It is essentially an ATV track. The road passes by Pine Creek Reservoir at 6600' then turns right and begins to climb towards the saddle between Cougar Pond SW and Cougar Pond SE Peaks. At 7950' you should see a primitive, steep trail leaving the road and leading upward to the right. Follow this trail to the saddle at 8400'. Turn left and follow the ridge line past a couple of false summits to the true summit on the west end of the upper ridge.

The GPS track starts at about 5200' within private property. While passing through the 2.5 miles of private property avoid the temptation to pull off the road to park. After 1.5 miles (5200') the worst of this part of Pine Creek Road is behind you, and if you park within this section you may be reported to the State Police for trespassing. Continue on to 5600' where the road leaves private property and there is parking for a few cars.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route:Pine Creek Road
    Trailhead:Pine Creek Road  5220 ft / 1591 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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