Ascent of Dragons Head on 2017-11-25

Climber: Robert Luher

Others in Party:CR
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dragons Head
    Elevation:10866 ft / 3311 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove down CA 38 and then down Valley of the Falls Road until it ends at Big Falls Campground. Parked the car and then started down Vivian Creek Trail. Once across the creek, hiked up the trail (which is steep for the first two miles) along Vivian Creek past Halfway Camp and High Creek Camp. The climb got steep again past High Creek until reaching a saddle at 9960'. After taking a well earned break, continued along the trail to about 10100' and then left it to follow a contour toward the main wash (keeping at 10100' elevation the whole way). This segment of the trail lacked ducks and was on loose scree in places, so be careful and use hiking sticks. We added a few ducks along the way. Once to the bottom of the wash, headed directly east up a drainage leading to the saddle to the north of Dragon's Head. There was a well ducked trail to the summit. There is some exposure along the razor back ridgeline, so use caution and hiking poles for support. Signed the register and enjoyed the view, taking a lunch break.

Descended the same use trail to the saddle and then toward Bighorn, hiking along the edge of the Tarn (which was very nice). Followed the use trail to the summit (over a false summit along the way) and signed the register. Spent some time looking at San Gorgonio and considered bagging that as well, but cooler heads prevailed and decided to pass. Descended back toward the wash down the drainage, but this time tried a track further to the north that was less steep hoping to pickup the Vivian Creek Trail at a higher elevation than where we left it on the way out. The track became brushed out and had to descend further down the wash, to the original 10,100 contour line that we followed back to the Vivian Trail. Trying to beat the sun down the mountain, we rushed down the trail, not taking breaks. The sun won out, leaving us to hike the last mile or two with our headlamps.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5166 ft / 1574 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5166 ft / 1574 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4766 ft / 1452 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:17.8 mi / 28.6 km
    Route:Vivian Creek
    Start Trailhead:Vivian Creek Trailhead  6100 ft / 1859 m
    Time:11 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Robert Luher
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