Ascent of Bootleg Peak on 2009-11-22

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Solo
Date:Sunday, November 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bootleg Peak
    Elevation:3619 ft / 1103 m

Ascent Trip Report

Was confused which peaks were the red and black mountain as they are all steep and next to each other. In addition this peak to the west is only 30 feet lower than the named "Red Mountain" which is a little to the east and cluttered with an enormous TV Reflector. I wanted to not see mechanical devices so i created my own route away from the tourist hike to the east (Red and Black mountain)

I was not sure which mountain was "Red Mountain" so I climbed from the parking lot up a very loose eroded stone sub peak adjacent to the parking area. This was a class 2 and 3 gain to get where i could see out. The little subpeak was at EL 3240 so "extra" gain was 440 feet. Then i realized i was not going to do Red Mountain with all the TV crap on it so i downclimbed cross the wash and headed up its sister peak. There were not trails. All class 2 and 3 to the top with several false peaks along the way.

The hikes were interesting becuase of the alternating layers of geologic material both sedimentary and volcanic....thus the many textures and colors. The harder red rock was eaier to climb.

There is a large white pipe marking the true peak on the mountain - stands about 8 feet high. Spectacular views here and lots of scrambling false peaks if you like. To get more excercise decided to do all the nearby assessory peaks and sub peaks. Add 40 feet for additional sub peaks climbs.

On the way to the nearby black cone hill I decided to climb the small subpeak to the north and east....The extra gain to bag the nearby subpeak was 3450-3380 = 70. Thus total additional gains on down clibing was 40+70 = 110 feet.The views were good from this subpeak.Call the second saddle at EL 3220 the endpoint. Two more smaller nearby peaks climbed along the route for around a 4.5 mile 3 hour trek with around 1600 feet of total gain described in the follow up sequence descriptions. I would guess that all but the last mile (along the keep trail back) was all self-path finding class 2 and 3. Next time out i will try the tourist class 1 hike of Red and Black for comparison.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1369 ft / 416 m
    Total Elevation Loss:949 ft / 289 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Grade/Class:All 2 and 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
50 degrees in morning to 65 at end
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1259 ft / 383 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 819 ft / 250 m; Extra: 440 ft / 134m
    Loss on way in:440 ft / 134 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:SE Ridge line
    Start Trailhead:Paved Parking area near restrooms  2800 ft / 853 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:509 ft / 155 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 399 ft / 122 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Gain on way out:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:NE class 2
    End Trailhead:saddle between peak and subpeak  3220 ft / 981 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: River Mountain West

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bootleg Peak2009-11-22 a1369 ft / 417 m
2River Mountains Peak 33702009-11-22 b140 ft / 43 m
3River Mountains Peak 33402009-11-22 c110 ft / 34 m
Total Trip Gain: 1619 ft / 494 m    Total Trip Loss: 1619 ft / 494 m

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