Ascent of Lily Rock on 2017-06-08

Climber: Pat Wells

Others in Party:Frank Martin
Date:Thursday, June 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lily Rock
    Elevation:8000 ft / 2438 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked next to one of the green water tanks (there are several of them) and started up the Ernie Maxwell Trail, which is benign enough. After 3/4 of a mile, we hit the gully and started climbing. There are no initial ducks, but after about 1/8th of a mile, they are easy to spot and go most of the way to the top. Some were pretty feeble, so we built them up. It's slow going up the steep wash as the soil is very soft and loose most of the way. Plenty of decaying pine needles and Live Oak leaves turning to compost add to the slipperiness of the slope. We spent a lot of time in the wash before finally getting to the access up Lily Rock, which is easy to spot--look for the opening in the rocks. Once in the rocks, it's a fairly easy climb. We looked briefly for a register at the base of the summit block, but didn't find one. I opted not to climb the summit block, wanting instead to save my energy for the slip and slide descent. I misjudged the nature of this hike and was out of water before reaching the rocks. My hiking buddy gave me a little water, which got me through the rest of the hike. Learned a lesson to carry a lot of water even when the hike seems easy, which this one wasn't. Extraordinarily impressive monolith Lily Rock.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1600 ft / 487 m
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1600 ft / 487 m
    Start Trailhead:6400 ft / 1950 m
Descent Statistics

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