Ascent of White Chuck Mountain on 2017-07-21

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White Chuck Mountain
    Elevation:6989 ft / 2130 m

Ascent Trip Report

I snuck this one in late in the afternoon. FS 24 is an excellent wide road, and you can easily do 30 mph on it up to the T intersection. From there the roads are good but a little less traveled. I would think most vehicles can make it, but you may brush lightly against encroaching vegetation in a few places. I parked just short of the end of the road in a large turnout, since there were vehicles further up.

The use trail is well traveled and easy to follow all the way to the gully that gains the notch between the north and true peaks. Comfortability with scrambling is obviously very personal, but I think the warnings about exposure are way overblown. There are only two exposed sections. One is a 6 foot down climb into the final notch 50 feet below the summit, which is pretty easy. The other is a traverse across a rock slope with down-sloping holds, a big fall on which would be catastrophic. The exposure is only of concern because the use trail is routed stupidly. 20 feet up is a cliff which provides solid hand holds in contrast to the friction climbing on the use trail.

The summit is great with spectacular views of the region. Very interesting how prominent Sloan is, which is only two or so miles away.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2119 ft / 645 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2119 ft / 645 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:FR 2435  4870 ft / 1484 m
    Time:1 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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