Ascent of Bucket-Rock Peak on 2017-09-03
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, September 3, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8781 ft / 2676 m|
Ascent Trip Report7247-8360(+400)-8781
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
| 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 |
| 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:
Total Trip Gain: 10416 ft / 3175 m Total Trip Loss: 13920 ft / 4242 m
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