Ascent of Pinnacle Ridge on 2017-03-25

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Paul McClellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pinnacle Ridge
    Elevation:7550 ft / 2301 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting to Sand Tank requires high clearance, but is not a bad road otherwise. There are numerous good places to camp on the road in after turning off Klondike Road.

The hike starts off along the Cottonwood Mountain trail, until branching off at Limestone Canyon. There is an intermittent trail that follows near the the bottom of the canyon. At about 5,800', head up the northwest slope to bypass peak 6420' on its west side. On the way up, we left the canyon a littler early taking the ridge to the left, but I don't recommend this route. After getting around peak 6420', the "fun" begins. Reference Rich Hensley's trip report for more details. All I can add to it is-

About 50' below "the nose" is a rock outcropping on the right side (as you're ascending)- go for that- from there, there's a clear path the pass just below the summit.

Also, towards the top, once you climb the first steep rock, you come to a rock ridge you need to cross, after which Rich says "the rest of way is clear to see" - it's not that there is a way that looks good, but that there's only one way that looks possible- that's the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2700 ft / 822 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2700 ft / 822 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2500 ft / 762 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2250 ft / 686 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Just south of Sand Tank  5300 ft / 1615 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2450 ft / 746 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2250 ft / 686 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:Just south of Sand Tank  5300 ft / 1615 m
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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