Ascent of Eagle Peak on 2016-09-04
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, September 4, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||9892 ft / 3015 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFollowed official USDA directions to Patterson Campground. They are generally right, except Blue Lake Road is 9 miles from Likely, not 3.2! It is well marked with brown National Forest type of signs. Excellent gravel road for any type of the vehicle.
Weather changed to full swing fall: Intense early morning rain, black clouds and temperature barely reaching 40°F at 10 AM. In a minutes my legs were soaked up to the knees. Since I forgot my shell jacket and fear for the rain, I rushed the Summit trail up. Low black clouds prevented me to see Eagle Peak until I got to the saddle below the mountain. The climb looked impressive albeit easy, and it turned out to be an unpleasant sandy slog. Twice it attempted to snow, but luckily no raining. Signed the register and got back to the Summit trail. Dreadful clouds finally passed and I was able to enjoy some sunshine. Taking into account cold weather, fatigue and possibility to get back home same day, opted out of Emerson. On the way back saw stoat (short-tailed weasel) and was able to take a picture with wide-angle lenses being only few feet away. Returned to the car after 6 hrs round trip. This was a difficult one for me.
|Summary Total Data|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Overcast|
| Route:||Summit Trail from Patterson Station|
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