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Ascent of Cerro Gordo Peak on 1946-06-01

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 1, 1946
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cerro Gordo Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9188 ft / 2800 m

Ascent Trip Report

As related in my TR for Pleasant Point, I was completely oblivious to the location of Cerro Gordo Peak. Without any advance knowledge of the area, I thought, when I first saw it in today's early morning light, that it wasn't high enough or impressive enough to be one of the 7 peaks on the DPS list. Hence, I headed for higher ground to the north, which culminated in higher Pleasant Point, a few miles to the north. It was only after seeing smoke curling from one of the buildings in the Cerro Gordo ghost town that I met the occupant and caretaker of the privately owned Cerro Gordo property, Mr. D.E. Staats. He quickly set me straight on Cerro Gordo Peak. I wasted no more time and headed for the peak. David did not share my motivation and stayed behind to drink coffee and chat with Mr. Staats about the history of the area. The distance to the peak was short and easy. It was an interesting area in the midst of the remains of a once thriving silver mining community with a population that peaked at 5,000 inhabitants. In 35 minutes I reached the summit, topped by a surveyor's wooden cairn and two benchmarks, but no register in sight. Soon I wasback down to rejoin David and Mr. Staats. After more coffee and talk with him about the colorful history of Cerro Gordo, David and I headed on down the steep road to Keeler (noon) before going to Wildrose Canyon to join a DPS climb of Telescope Peak tomorrow. Cerro Gordo Peak was my 6th DPS peak, and I hoped that Telescope would be my 7th and final one on this small peak list.
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Cerro Gordo Peak (1987-06-09). Photo by Frederick Johnson.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:988 ft / 301 m
    Total Elevation Loss:988 ft / 301 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Good
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:988 ft / 301 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:from CerroGordo town
    Start Trailhead:8200 ft / 2499 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:988 ft / 301 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Same
    End Trailhead:8200 ft / 2499 m
    Time:45 Minutes



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