Ascent of Peak 8602 on 2016-07-20

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Date:Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 8602
    Elevation:8602 ft / 2621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked just off Blue Lakes Road near its high point (8315) and hiked cross-country up the slope until I met the old road bed and trail. Followed this faint, unmaintained trail as best I could until it crossed Jeff Davis Creek. Soon after that, the trail disappeared completely. Rather than continue to thrash about looking for it, I climbed 8602's northwest ridge. Easy stroll after reaching the crest. Had intended to tag Thornburg too but ran out of time. More unfinished business ...

On the way down, I discovered that the old road descends all the way to Blue Lakes Road, intersecting it at the high point.

The route offers fantastic views of Jeff Davis Peak and the other peaks in the area. Unfortunately, it also was excessively buggy with biting flies and skeets, particularly near Jeff Davis Creek and meadow. (Maybe JD is trying to tell me something like "Bugger off" or "Fugget about it.") The only relief from the buggers was on the ridges, where strong, gusty winds temporarily kept them at bay.

8 miles RT; 1,800 feet gain. 4h20
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Very Windy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob McLaughlin
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