Ascent of Window Peak on 2016-11-23

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Window Peak
    Elevation:7468 ft / 2276 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked the Ventana Trail #98 to its end at the junction with the Finger Canyon and Esperero Trails. Turned right onto the Esperero Trail #25 and followed it past The Window to a saddle west of the Window Peak summit. Followed the trail across brushy south slopes to the obvious SE Saddle. From here the summit is visible as the rightmost column to the NW. Climb the slope NW following cairns and boot tracks to the brushy gully just left of the summit column. The crux is an overhanging boulder move made easier for me by stemming across to a small tree and stepping on a branch lying in a crack beside the overhang. The climbing is easier above this move and leads to a roomy summit, which appears about 1-2 inches higher than the nearby pillar to the south that would be much harder to climb.
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Window Peak from the SE Saddle. The summit is the rightmost column. The route leads to the gully immediatly left of the summit column (2016-11-23). Photo by Paul McClellan.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4638 ft / 1413 m
    Extra Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.6 mi / 21.9 km
    Route:Ventana and Esperero Trails
    Trailhead:Ventana Trailhead  2950 ft / 899 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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