Ascent of Dam Mountain on 2016-09-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, September 16, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||Canada-British Columbia|
| Elevation:||4426 ft / 1349 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDam Mountain via Ridge Trail:
Finding the backcountry kiosk, I signed in. I looked into the box and I was the only hiker that had passed through the backcountry so far. I see now, all those people that passed me on the grind where just there for timing their ascent and done for the day and for me, I was just getting started. There are essentially two trails that run along the backcountry ridge line on the way to the largest prize – Crown Mountain at nearly 5,000 feet above sea level and around 1,700 feet of prominence. That was my goal but I wanted to bag every peak in and around the route along the way. To do this you have to use the Ridge Trail options (stay left). The Alpine Trail (stay right) contours the subpeaks and is faster to the back country and returning back to the Gondola.
The first peak option is called Dam Mountain. Finally, a nice little sub-peak with a rocky top and nice views of the harbor, the wind turbine back at Grouse Mountain and a hint of peaks to come. Still no people in the back country but my hats off to the Canadian park service as the trails were in excellent shape and well-marked at each junction. Enough bear warning signs to make any solo hiker a bit wary as well. I confess, that I barked like a pack of dogs when I was heading around blind corners. I am not one for bear spray. I believe in giving warning sounds long in advance of trouble. I was still making good time and on the way to see Little Goat Mountain – another subpeak when I started to notice that the “Grouse Grind” had done some damage after all…my legs were starting to shake. I slammed some Gatorade and a cookie and kept going towards the Goat Peaks and Crown.
Dee TR for Grouse Mountain to get to the wilderness area and Goat and Crown for rest of day.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||626 ft / 190 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||243 ft / 74 m|
| Grade/Class:||1, 1+|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||626 ft / 190 m|
| Distance:||1.1 mi / 1.8 km|
| Route:||Alpine to Ridge Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||saddle between peaks 3800 ft / 1158 m|
| Loss on way out:||243 ft / 74 m|
| Route:||Ridge Trail|
| End Trailhead:||saddle between peaks 4183 ft / 1274 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Grouse-Crown-BC|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 6641 ft / 2023 m Total Trip Loss: 6644 ft / 2025 m
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