Ascent of Santa Rosa Peak on 2016-06-25

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Ken Jones -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Al Sandorff
SharonMarie Wilcox
Greg Jagielski
----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 Report

First 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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