Ascent of Triple Peak on 2017-09-29
|Date:||Friday, September 29, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11127 ft / 3391 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWhen combined with the short jaunt up McDougal, this makes for a long but excellent day in the Wyoming Range. Triple Peak, though shorter than Wyoming Peak, definitely has a commanding presence and could be considered the monarch of the range as it dominates the central portion thereof. Turiano's approach and route descriptions remain accurate, though a couple points can be clarified somewhat. Firstly, you do want to take county road 117 for 14 miles from 189, at which point you want to turn right on county road 129. Turiano calls this Ryegrass junction, but there are no signs indicating this or any mention of McDougal Gap. When you see 129 on your right, that's your turnoff. From there, it's actually 18 miles to the gap as opposed to the book's 15. I was also able to park at the Wyoming Range Recreation Trail cutoff, a small dirt trailhead lot almost directly across from the Mt. McDougal trailhead. From here a pleasant hike leads through forest surprisingly lush by Wyoming standards to the mouth of the canyon. Be sure not to leave the trail too early, as you may run into some nasty scrambling to gain the top of the cliff. From there, it's all pretty straightforward! The entire summit ridge boasts spectacular views. I definitely recommend this peak if you're willing to make the long drive!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4000 ft / 1219 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||800 ft / 243 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gain on way in:||4000 ft / 1219 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3200 ft / 975 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m|
| Loss on way in:||800 ft / 243 m|
| Start Trailhead:||7927 ft / 2416 m|
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