Ascent of Bucket-Rock Peak on 2017-09-03

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bucket-Rock Peak
    Elevation:8781 ft / 2676 m

Ascent Trip Report

mileage estimated

After shepherding the crew to the Elkhorn Crest Trail , I split off at a faster pace to create time for an 'extra' peak. I intended to attempt a summit of Cougar Pond SW from the south, scrambling up and over this peak, then dropping down and crossing Rock Creek just below the lake. Given the rugged terrain AND building thunderheads (they held off, but could have created a problem) I opted to make this summit my highpoint for the day.

The route to CPSW is do-able, but not for the faint of heart and EXPERT scrambling skills would be required. I can't recommend the route, as the rock was all loose in addition to the higher angle terrain.

I left 1.5L of water at the saddle above Twin Lakes in preparation for climbing RCB and Elkhorn Peak at dawn the next morning. That was a good call!

I rejoined my group on the ECT, then scrambled down to get water before we finished out the day's trek to Twin Lakes. Those are gorgeous!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2534 ft / 771 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2081 ft / 633 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.5 mi / 21.7 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
clear, then thunderheads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2034 ft / 619 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1534 ft / 468 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Elkhorn Crest Trail, scramble
    Start Trailhead:Summit Lake  7247 ft / 2208 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1581 ft / 481 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1081 ft / 330 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:ECT, Twin Lakes Tr
    End Trailhead:Twin Lakes  7700 ft / 2346 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 2017-09 Elkhorns (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Ireland2017-09-012360 ft / 719 m
2Ireland-Baldy Peak2017-09-02 a422 ft / 129 m
3Crown Point2017-09-02 b616 ft / 188 m
4Columbia Hill2017-09-02 c1597 ft / 487 m
6Bucket-Rock Peak2017-09-03 a2534 ft / 772 m
7Twin Lakes2017-09-03 b50 ft / 15 m
8Rock Creek Butte2017-09-04 a1856 ft / 566 m
9Elkhorn Peak2017-09-04 b981 ft / 299 m
Total Trip Gain: 10416 ft / 3175 m    Total Trip Loss: 13920 ft / 4242 m

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