Ascent of Mount Gower on 2016-05-15

Climber: Ginger Partyka

Date:Sunday, May 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Gower
    Elevation:3103 ft / 945 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started 3:29PM. False Gower by 4:42PM. Mt Gower 5:40PM. Out by 7:37PM right before sunset.

Parked at the end of Sarda Ct in Ramona. Straightforward trail to False Gower w/ a tiny bit off scrambling needed at the end. The hike to False Gower was fun and enjoyable and one of my favorite trail hikes so far in sd.

Going from False Gower to Mount Gower, however, was decidedly less comfortable. No trail and moderately thick chaparral coverage for about a mile. We started towards Middle Gower, and kept getting into thicker and thicker brush and were getting frustrated at having to fight for every foot forward. We were not pleased with our daylight projections given our pace. Near Middle Gower, we were high enough to see a nice stream of slab cutting through a valley to the south, so we gave up on Middle Gower (since we really weren't there for that), and cut over to the slab. On our way, we picked up a drainage in the valley that seemed to give us somewhat of a break from the shrubbery and allowed our pace to increase substantially. The drainage eventually led us to the slab we'd seen as well. We followed the drainage up the valley to the peak.

My gps said we only gained 8 ft of vertical going from False Gower to Mount Gower, but it took us an hour to go about 1 Mile to get that 8 ft.

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The top photo is False Gower which many mistake as mount Gower since the trail leads right to it. Once on top of False Gower as in this pic, you can see Mount Gower in the distance about a mile away (bottom photo). There is less than 10 ft of vertical diff between the two. (2016-05-15). Photo by Ginger Partyka.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1431 ft / 436 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1431 ft / 436 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1431 ft / 436 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Start Trailhead:1672 ft / 509 m
    Time:2 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1431 ft / 436 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    End Trailhead:1672 ft / 509 m
    Time:1 Hours 57 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Gower (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1False Gower2016-05-15 
2Mount Gower2016-05-151431 ft / 436 m
Total Trip Gain: 1431 ft / 436 m    Total Trip Loss: 1431 ft / 436 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ginger Partyka
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