Ascent of Gu Achi Peak on 2016-01-24

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Kay Komuro -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, January 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Gu Achi Peak
    Elevation:4556 ft / 1388 m

Ascent Trip Report

The drive to the trailhead is well documented in Paul McClellan's trip report. I would add the following:

+ The area just before hitting the east-west road (before 26.2 miles), is great for camping- plenty of wide-open level ground.

+ I recommend parking where they did (the intersection at 2400') The drive to get our extra 80' was not worth it (and finding a place to park and/or turn around becomes difficult).

+ If you want to approach (or depart) from the north (I-8 or I-10), the east-west road does connect with Indian Route 34 which then connects with Indian Route 15. Both the Indian Routes are paved, but the intervening dirt road is annoying - some good sections, but frequent deep wash crossings that require constant attention and deceleration.

The hike itself is not bad, though very steep. There were a few places I did some class 3 scrambling on the way up, but all are probably avoidable (we avoided most on the descent by staying below the ridge when it was very rocky from about 4300'-4450').
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2076 ft / 632 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:East ridge
    Trailhead:Road @2480'  2480 ft / 755 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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