Ascent of Santa Rosa Peak on 2016-06-25
|Others in Party:||Ken Jones -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, June 25, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Peak:||Santa Rosa Peak|
| Elevation:||9701 ft / 2956 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFirst off, in the approach, the rest area from which the dirt road starts is about 10 miles north of the highway 140 turnoff. This is a little south of Orovada.
We camped at a nice plateau just over 5,200', where the road goes from bad to worse. The road from the highway to there is a rough high-clearance road, but requires 4WD to continue up to our trailhead. That said, this trailhead, found by Ken Jones, did avoid a nasty wash-crossing compared with Dennis Poulin's. It also allowed us to bypass the westernmost bumps on the ridge.
The hike was not bad. We hit a couple isolated spots of moderate bushwhacking, but I think we avoided them on the way down. A couple of the higher minor saddles still had snow "bridges" on them, but posed no difficulty. The final section looks intimidating with a steep rock wall, but Greg found a ramp that headed north to a weakness that allowed for easy class 3 scrambling- the rest agreed that it worked better for descent and would have been better going up as well. The views from the top were incredible.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3881 ft / 1182 m|
| Extra Gain:||150 ft / 45 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7 mi / 11.3 km|
| Route:||West ridge|
| Trailhead:||See GPS 6120 ft / 1865 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time:||6 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time:||4 Hours 45 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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