Ascent of Mount Phelps on 2016-09-18
|Date:||Sunday, September 18, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5535 ft / 1687 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarting out at the Blackhawk mine spur road this trail starts off easy to follow although quite steep. Once you reach the mature forest treeline things get dicey. I never did find the real turnoff point from the main trail to traverse to the saddle. Despite having a few maps and pretty good navigational skills I just ended up taking whatever path looked less painful. Their isn't one. They are all painful. The route to the ridge includes a LOT of very steep faces and cliffs. Without a good route it would be easy to get stuck somewhere unsafe.
After I got to the ridge I also got turned around a few times with the path being not too easy to follow. Once I finally made it to the summit the views were quite impressive. I was continuously thinking about the route down. I ended up following the standard ridge down and made it close to the saddle before contouring toward the other trail. This proved to make things go a LITTLE bit more smoothly. I still ended up grabbing trees to keep myself from sliding off the mountain almost the entire route back to the main trail.
I would add two necessary pieces of equipment for this mountain.
1. GPS unit. Their is no easy route to find and having that would at least give you a chance to find the main route.
2. Hiking Poles. Your knees will thank you on the way down.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3355 ft / 1022 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.2 mi / 6.8 km|
| Route:||Got lost too many times to know|
| Trailhead:||Blackhawk Mine Spur Road 2180 ft / 664 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Time:||3 Hours 6 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours 32 Minutes|
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