Ascent to Mount Johnson-12000' on 2009-09-22

Climber: Srikant Jayaraman

Date:Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Johnson - 12000'
    Elevation:12000 ft / 3657 m
    Remaining Elevation:871 ft / 266 m (27% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Having found an excellent use-trail leading out of the lower Treasure Lakes basin, I was lulled into thinking this would be a straightforward hike. However, when the use-trail petered out soon after, we came upon a seemingly endless scramble over talus blocks and car-sized boulders to the base of Mt. Johnson. This took a long time -- several hours of very slow going. By the time we reached the highest of the Treasure Lakes, we were spent, and it was too late to attempt the remaining 850' to summit. Decided to turn back, saving energy for the return scramble through the talus.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2630 ft / 801 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.4 mi / 16.7 km
    Route:Treasure Lakes
    Trailhead:South Lake  9870 ft / 3008 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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