Ascent of Fortification Range High Point on 2015-11-01
|Others in Party:||Anji Cerney|
|Date:||Sunday, November 1, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Peak:||Fortification Range High Point|
| Elevation:||8431 ft / 2569 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI liked the name "Smiley Canyon", and the route turned out to provide many reasons to smile. While it is considerably longer, and has a little more elevation gain, than the route from the east, it does have less steep terrain, and is a very enjoyable hike.
The roads were surprisingly good, though a high center would make me want a high-clearance vehicle.
While there were plenty of trees in the canyon, there was always plenty of room to walk between them. Follow the horse trails- they know the best route. There was a bit of bushwhacking on the steep ascent to the ridgeline, and then a bit more in places on the ridgeline, but nothing serious.
The summit has too many trees for an expansive view, but one can see great views between the trees, and from time to time along the ridge on the way up or down.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2361 ft / 719 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2361 ft / 719 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||12.9 mi / 20.8 km|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||2281 ft / 695 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2201 ft / 671 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m|
| Loss on way in:||80 ft / 24 m|
| Distance:||6.5 mi / 10.5 km|
| Route:||Smiley Canyon|
| Start Trailhead:||Road @ 6230' 6230 ft / 1898 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2281 ft / 695 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 2201 ft / 671 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m|
| Gain on way out:||80 ft / 24 m|
| Distance:||6.4 mi / 10.3 km|
| Route:||Smiley Canyon|
| End Trailhead:||Road @ 6230' 6230 ft / 1898 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 45 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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