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Ascent of Gearhart Mountain on 2016-09-03

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Lance H
Alyssa C
Lydia W
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gearhart Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:8370 ft / 2551 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak was a pleasant surprise -just the right mix of cool formations along the trail and semi-scrambling off of it (to the summit). Although we did see some bootprints once off of the trail at the major saddle (~7930), it would be to much to say there was a path. We came across an empty tent near the 8165' sub-summit, but we didn't see anyone during the trek.

This entire mountain/area has some really interesting possibilities for adventure climbing. I've seen a few reports that there is a possible 3rd class route from the 8120' saddle to the NE of the peak, but from a quick scout of the area from the top I'd say that you should expect at least low 5th class, multi-pitch climbing anywhere from the NW to SE aspects off the summit. To the north it looked vertical and blocky from my vantage points, and there are probably some 5.6-5.1_ routes up the east face.

Other formations beside the summit (and main rim to the south) all along the way look like they could make for some really great climbing. We returned to the Palisade Rocks the next day for some fun scrambling/climbing.

There were a few seeps along the trail to the south saddle, but not much in the way of usable water. There was a pond in the crater (head of Dairy creek?) that we saw from the summit. It may be able to serve as a workable source if climbing the east walls of the summit ridge.

Mileage approximate.

18#OS18,K,R3,2L
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2650 ft / 807 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:trail to saddle, then along south ridge
    Trailhead:Gearhart Mtn TH  6320 ft / 1926 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 



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