Ascent of Hesperus Mountain on 2015-07-26

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Collin Kamholz
Date:Sunday, July 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hesperus Mountain
    Elevation:13232 ft / 4033 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting there: The lower road has been completely decommissioned and blocked off. The upper road is good until the road junction at 10720', at which point it gets rough enough to require high clearance.

From the upper road, there is a trail crossing the North Fork of the West Mancos River. After the river, neither on the way up or down did I find a good way to the west ridge. On the way up we went high and encountered painfully loose talus. On the way back we went low and encountered limited but significant bushwhacking.

Right before the ridge, there was a great chute (clearly visible from a good distance) where one can stay on the right side and have considerable solid class 3 to climb or stay in the center and have good (dirt) powder to slide down.

On the ridge, there's a decent trail to the summit that is mostly class 1-2 with a few brief, easy, class 3 hurdles to climb. At least for some of them, there appeared to be alternate trails around the class 3 hurdles.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2792 ft / 850 m
    Extra Gain:240 ft / 73 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:West ridge
    Trailhead:Sharkstooth trailhead  10920 ft / 3328 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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