Ascent of Saddle Mountain on 2009-10-28

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Joe Bonham
Date:Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddle Mountain
    Elevation:3283 ft / 1000 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day hike with my friend Joe, who was 'bagging' his first peak with me; this was a good peak for someone new to hiking and in decent shape.
Most of the trip it was extremely cloudy/foggy and visibility was only a hundred feet or less, although there were a few times on the way down when the clouds separated and we could see for 3-5 miles. The only other mountain we could make out was Humbug Mt., which is very nearby; it was too overcast to see any of the big peaks to the east or north.
Be watchful on the road on the way in. It's paved, but if you have a standard vehicle there are some dips and potholes that might play with your exhaust pipes if you're going too fast! : )
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1763 ft / 536 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1763 ft / 537 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1643 ft / 500 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1623 ft / 495 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Saddle Mtn Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot  1660 ft / 505 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1743 ft / 531 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1623 ft / 495 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Saddle Mtn Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking lot  1660 ft / 505 m

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