Ascent of Steens Mountain on 2017-06-12

Climber: Harvest Mondello

Date:Monday, June 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Steens Mountain
    Elevation:9733 ft / 2966 m

Ascent Trip Report

SE Face (AG I (40* snow)). Approach from Alvord Hot Springs up Wild Horse Canyon to Wild Horse Lake. 5,533 elevation gain and 18.5 miles round trip.

Party of three: Brad (tf), Kristen & H. My first summit of Steins Mountain.

Approach: 8 miles and 4,250 elevation gain from Alvord Hot Springs (4,200) to Wild Horse Lake (8,450). The first 3.5 miles is on a dirt road and the last 4.5 miles is bushwhacking.

It snowed 2 feet overnight in a fluke (un-forcasted) spring storm.

Climb: 1,283 elevation gain from high camp to summit. 2.5 miles rt back to high camp. We gained the summit via the face and descended via a snowed over road to a cutoff above Wild Horse Lake.

Out: 8 miles (4 was now in snow).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5508 ft / 1678 m
    Grade/Class:AG I
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5508 ft / 1678 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:SE Face
    Start Trailhead:4225 ft / 1287 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:SE Face

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