Ascent of Hillman Peak on 2016-07-16

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hillman Peak
    Elevation:8151 ft / 2484 m

Ascent Trip Report

One of two direct routes. This one has the benefit of continuous views of the lake compared to the West Ridge (currently under road construction and without a pullout).

The trail briefly follows the rim trail and a boottrack veers of obviously and directly towards Hillman. A web of boot tracks follows the rim all the way to the top. It's open country so any option is acceptable. I skirted the rim on the way up but followed it all the way down.

The summit block is a fun 3rd class scramble. Anyone with moderate confidence can easily pick their way to the top without any 4th class by taking a few seconds to choose each move - there are boot tracks everywhere and no established trail. Veering to the West ridge ensures no exposure. I stayed lake-side and enjoyed the airyness with relative safety and ease.

I rushed this summit. Double the time for more appropriate estimate.

1/1 ACCESS - park and climb
1/2 REMOTENESS (Popularity, Sight/Sound) - one of the busier overlooks. I was the only person on Hillman though.
0/1 CONDITION - the NP should really establish an official trail. With such easy access it's begging for advanced erosion...
2/3 VARIETY (Flora and Fauna, Geological, Terrain) - fun quick combo of cross-country and scramble and includes stellar views
3/3 VIEWS - could you rate anything in Crater Lake anything less?!
TOTAL 7/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

Ultimate OR & WA Lists: CoHP, CoPP, Top e100, Top p100
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:571 ft / 174 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Trailhead:Wizard Island Overlook  7580 ft / 2310 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Daniel Mick
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