Ascent of Bunker Hill on 2015-10-30

Climber: Mike Christiansen

Date:Friday, October 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bunker Hill
    Elevation:11473 ft / 3496 m

Ascent Trip Report

Made it to the mouth of Basin Canyon in my low clearance AWD vehicle. Road was very well graded dirt, any vehicle could make it. Started hiking the dirt road up Basin Canyon about half hour after sunset. Used head lamp the whole way. At the end of the dirt road, I followed the paths of least resistance (aka deer trail) north to the ridge, then followed the never-ending snowy ridge all the way to the summit. The mostly full moon didn't show itself until 2.5 hours later, after I was already descending, but when it did show up, lit up the entire range, making it easy to find my way back. Brought crampons, but didn't put them on until the descent. Probably could have made it without them, but I didn't want to waste time falling on my butt. Very windy on the upper mountain, sustained 40+mph. Snow was at most ankle deep. All the structures at the top had ice crusted all over them.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3848 ft / 1172 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3848 ft / 1172 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3848 ft / 1172 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Northern ridge of Basin Canyon
    Start Trailhead:7625 ft / 2324 m
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3848 ft / 1172 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    End Trailhead:7625 ft / 2324 m
    Time:1 Hours 28 Minutes

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