Ascent of Lake Hill on 2018-01-13

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 13, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lake Hill
    Elevation:9349 ft / 2849 m

Ascent Trip Report

Karen accompanied me for part of this. We parked near the ball fields behind the outlet mall near the bridge that crosses the river. There is a large lot. There is a bike path that climbs the hill and ends up connecting for a short spell on ....Road then winds up to the dam. The bike trail was covered in 6 inches of snow and I hiked along the dam in the snow up to the upper parking area and then found a place away from all the no trespassing signs to slip into the conifer trees and begin bushwhacking in the deep snow up hill. Karen left me back before the reservoir damn trail and headed back to the car to shop. The bushwhack line I took was direct and in places the snow was over knee deep. My jeans and boots were not ready for such deep post-holing so I got soaked. The slope got steep enough in places I had to kick in snow steps to hold my self stable as I also did not have my micro spikes or gaitors. A last minute idea to climb something impromptu. The hike was 3 miles from the parking lot to the summit and based on the boot tracks above, I was not the only to bushwhack this recently although the other party took a less steep line and did not likely post hole up the side I came up. on the way down, I explored another route and then abandoned it so there was some minor extra gain.

Coming down back to paving, I called Karen to pick me up (thus the 0.3 mile down) as I was soaking wet and we needed to go pick David up at Breck where he was skiing
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:579 ft / 176 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Grade/Class: to 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
26 F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:549 ft / 167 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot by ball fields  8800 ft / 2682 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km

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