Ascent of Mount Moriah on 2017-05-28

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Moriah
    Elevation:12067 ft / 3678 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mount Moriah is a fine peak surrounded by beautiful high country. However, my hike did not work out at all like I had planned.

I approached from the west using FR-469. It's a rough road that aggressively climbs up to the plateau, but it still takes many miles. There are several sections that leave no room for maneuvering and require that your vehicle climb over significant rocks. Coming down is equally exciting due to the sustained grade and all of the rocks in the road to avoid.

Anyway, after the final switchback, the road reaches the plateau with grass-filled meadows. The road here becomes noticeably less rocky as well. However, in just one section there are rock formations that were sheltering snow banks. A few weeks earlier, these were likely crossing the road and might have been a problem. I followed the road into the forrest a little way only to find an 18 in diameter snag fallen across the road. I broke a few branches, there is no way that the road will be cleared without a chainsaw. The tree is still connected to the stump. Ironically, two days earlier I was considering tossing a chainsaw in the back of my car for just such situations. I saw some tire tracks beyond the obstruction. It appears they were going off road through the forest for 40 ft to get around, but they must have scratched the hell out of their vehicle doing so. I think they also ran over a 1 in diameter sapling in the process.

So, I started my hike much further away from Moriah than I would have liked. The extra distance wasn't all bad. The meadows and views of the peaks are beautiful. About half a mile from the wilderness boundary, there is a meadow. That marshy meadow was still filled with feet of snow, so even if I had gotten past the tree, I still wouldn't have made it all the way. The route was snow free until I gained the ridge, and then there was plenty of snow in the trees. As soon as the trees ended NW of the summit, it was all melted out making for a scree/talus climb the final 1000 feet.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4008 ft / 1220 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4008 ft / 1220 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3441 ft / 1048 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2874 ft / 876 m; Extra: 567 ft / 172m
    Loss on way in:567 ft / 172 m
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Tree Blocking Road  9193 ft / 2802 m
    Time:2 Hours 26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3441 ft / 1048 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2874 ft / 876 m; Extra: 567 ft / 172m
    Gain on way out:567 ft / 172 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    End Trailhead:Tree Blocking Road  9193 ft / 2802 m
    Time:1 Hours 58 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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