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Ascent of Palen Mountains High Point on 2015-12-06

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Mark Butski
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palen Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3848 ft / 1172 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mark and I drove 4.5 miles pass the Palen Pass/Arlington Mine road junction, parking 1.35 miles short of the 4x trailhead. A high clearance 4x is required once past the junction because the first 2.7 miles of the road are extremely sandy in places, and the last 1.8 miles of the road are extremely rugged and rocky; I should have stopped and parked my Tacoma sooner. We followed DPS Route B to the summit via a saddle and the west ridge, then descended via Eric Kassan's route, which would make for a better assent route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2800 ft / 853 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2800 ft / 852 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.7 mi / 12.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2800 ft / 853 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2600 ft / 792 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.2 km
    Route:DPS Route B
    Start Trailhead:Arlington Mine road  1248 ft / 380 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2600 ft / 792 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.2 km
    Route:Eric Kassan's GPS track
    End Trailhead:Arlington Mine road  1248 ft / 380 m



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