Ascent of Cache Peak on 2017-08-15

Climber: Keaton Reed

Date:Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cache Peak
    Elevation:10339 ft / 3151 m

Ascent Trip Report

I wanted to climb Cache Peak using some of the trails on the north side of the mountain. Access was easy: the road was great all the way to the trail head. The trail, however, was not as good. It looks like an old ATV track that has been abandoned (the NF no longer recognizes its existence). I encountered a lot of dead fall. I lost the trail part way up and bushwhacked to the trail crest. I rediscovered the trail near a fence line, which is marked on topo maps of the area. If you can stick to the trail, it is actually a decent route. You'll have to climb over a few trees, but it is better than straight bushwhacking. At the trail junction in the meadows north of Independence Peak, I started following a hunting trail towards Cache Peak. I lost that trail and started bushwhacking, sidehilling, and boulder hopping. My favorite activities. This cost a lot of time. My plan was to make it to 9600 feet and then contour over to the saddle between Independence Peak and Cache Peak. Somehow, I actually ended up above 9800, and I was very close to the summit of Independence. I did not summit though, because I didn't realize I was so close. I wasn't interested in that peak, though the views from the area were very good. I recommend summitting Independence if you go this route, because trying to sidehill around it is difficult with all the boulders and bush. After I made the summit of Cache Peak, I decided to take a different trail back. There is a great trail leading down to the usual trail head many people use to access Cache Peak. I made it down to that trail head and then followed a trail leading north. That trail was in great shape. I then needed to get back to the meadow and over the crest to get back to the car. In order to do that, I had to bushwhack once again up a drainage to get to the fence line I mentioned previously. Topo maps show a trail that leads up this drainage, but I could not find it anywhere. I found the ATV track again and followed it all the way this time. I saw the spot where I lost the trail on the way up: several large trees fell onto the trail and obscured it for roughly 50 feet. It's easy to lose the trail there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3989 ft / 1215 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3989 ft / 1215 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.8 mi / 15.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3289 ft / 1002 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2939 ft / 896 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Loss on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Start Trailhead:7400 ft / 2255 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3639 ft / 1109 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2939 ft / 896 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Gain on way out:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    End Trailhead:7400 ft / 2255 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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