Ascent of Pagoda Mountain on 2009-07-23

Climber: Rush Fay

Date:Thursday, July 23, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pagoda Mountain
    Elevation:13497 ft / 4113 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at Glacier Gorge trailhead. Hiked to beautiful bench east of Black Lake. Scrambled up west-facing couloir two gullies to the south of "The Trough". Ascended East Ridge 400' to summit. The crest of the ridge has some easy Class 3 scrambling; this can be avoided if you wish.

I descended via the "Keyhole Route". This involved a time-consuming traverse into "The Trough" where "The Ledges" intersect. There was about 200' of elevation loss through the "Keyboard of the Winds" and about the same elevation gain up to "The Trough".

I went through the "Keyhole", "Boulderfield", and down the North Longs Peak trail from Granite Pass to Glacier Gorge trailhead. From the Granite Pass branch-off it is 7.2 miles to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4257 ft / 1297 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Glacier Gorge Trailhead  9240 ft / 2816 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2, GradeI
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 

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