Ascent of Mount Sheridan in 2003-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Wayne Lundberg
Date:September, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Sheridan
    Elevation:10308 ft / 3141 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wayne Lundberg and I during routine backpaking trip through Yellowstone wilderness area dropped packs and did a quick day trip up the only tall mountain in the area as part of our backpack trip. Left from base camp and hiked without packs. Conditions were miserable due to fog and some rain. Visibilty was so poor i have no idea if it has a nice view. Ranger Station at top. Ranger had not seen people in days was starved for attention. We got out of there fast!Steep maintained trail.

TH for trip started 9 miles back at Lewis Lake since purpose of backpacking was not to summit this mountain it was simply a day pack activity once we got there but the majority of the gain was the actual TH up the mountain. We gained little on the first day of backpacking.

On the bright side, even though the rain and fog ruined the Mount Sheridan summit the trip up to the camp site at Heart Lake was very eventful. We came across several hot springs, and pots and other thermal features including two back country Geysers. We eventually figured out the timing of Rustic Geyser and enjoyed filming it explode next to us. It is a very dangerous area in that there are no rangers or manmade barriers and you are up to your own to stay safe. Some of the thermal hot springs had calcarious crusts that looked safe but as you approached them they were actually thin crusty shelves of mineral deposition over-hanging the boiling springs. Very interesting backcountry experience prior to the summit - thus the rating of 6. Otherwise the rainy foggy summit would have been a 3!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2518 ft / 767 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3354 ft / 1022 m
    Round-Trip Distance:24.7 mi / 39.8 km
    Grade/Class:class 1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:foggy and cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2518 ft / 767 m
    Distance:12.7 mi / 20.4 km
    Route:TH to lookout station
    Start Trailhead:Heart Lake TH at Lewis Lake  7790 ft / 2374 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3354 ft / 1022 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Heart Lake Trl and So Boundary Trl
    End Trailhead:Camp Site at Snake River by hot springs  6954 ft / 2119 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Yellowstone-Sheridan (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Sheridan2003-09 a2518 ft / 767 m
2Snake Hot Springs North Ledge2003-09 b892 ft / 272 m
Total Trip Gain: 3410 ft / 1039 m    Total Trip Loss: 4270 ft / 1301 m

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