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Ascent of Hat Mountain on 2016-08-28

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Sunday, August 28, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hat Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8745 ft / 2665 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a long few days of peakbagging, we had saved Hat Mountain as the easy, half day peak to wrap up, since we had a 6 hour drive back home afterword. The drive in was familiar, having just done Eagle a couple days prior, and we took what is considered the standard route, dropping 600 feet down to Lost Lake, with a portion of this being a bushwhack. Once on the other side of the Lake it is a steep climb up, mostly through forest, thanfully, as it was quite warm. The ground cover also gave good, solid footing for the ascent. Once the trees ran out we had to push through scrub which gradually got smaller and easier as we went higher. We visited the true high point first, then the point previously marked as the high point with Suttle's register second. On descent we stayed further right (east) which really worked well, we were in the forest longer and came out almost right at Lost Lake. The last climb off 600 feet back up to the car was hot and uninspiring.
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