Ascent of Fortification Range High Point on 2015-11-01

Climber: Eric Kassan

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 Report

I 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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