Ascent of Clark Mountain on 2018-04-02

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clark Mountain
    Elevation:7907 ft / 2410 m

Ascent Trip Report

The approach to Clark is a little confusing, and unfortunately, I forgot to record a track out. The route as shown on the map on Summitpost is no longer the main substation access route. I followed the most traveled road, which quickly brought me to a gate with an AMT sign on it. The gate indicates that there is a public easement. Immediately after the gate, Clark Mountain Rd heads directly north. The other fork goes up and down a few hills before reaching a road coming out of the mine. I understand that that route is much less rough. From there the road is easy going until reaching a wash after the substation, where there was a significant cut across the road. After that, the road becomes rougher and most people are probably going to want clearance. The final few hundred feet to the picnic area have some substantial ruts.

I camped for the night at the picnic area. Two ringtail cats circled me while I was preparing dinner but otherwise left me alone. The next morning I packed my pack tossing in a rope and some gear for a rappel. The going is easy up the wash at first, but it is quickly choked out and people are bailing on either side. The terrain is steep and a little loose but also relatively open making it fairly easy.

I reached the cliff band with the short scramble section. Initially, I went all the way to the east up an easy class 3 stretch, which put me out on the ridge. The north side is sheer, and the ridge is relatively knife like for a few hundred feet until it joins the upper mountain to the west. I wasn't particularly interested in traversing that, so I downclimbed and mosied over to the standard route, which is a 30ft face climb.

The route I picked out was class 3 with one airy class 4 move, and that move was at the very beginning. The upper section was well protected by a tree. Basically, it takes a ramp up to climbers right and then traverses back to a tree on the left where there is a 10ft face to ascend with jugy holds. However, the photos on summitpost indicate that people are climbing a face 100ft further to the west, which I ended up rappeling down. It's definitely more exposed than what I climbed as well as dirtier.

One on the upper mountain, it's an easy traverse over to the summit. I wish I wouldn't have ditched my trekking poles, because there is little scrambling. On the descent, I set up a rappel, because I had brought the gear. Otherwise, I would have comfortably downclimbed my ascent route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2062 ft / 628 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2062 ft / 628 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2062 ft / 628 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1799 ft / 549 m; Extra: 263 ft / 80m
    Loss on way in:263 ft / 80 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Picnic Area  6108 ft / 1861 m
    Time:1 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1799 ft / 548 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:South Ridge
    End Trailhead:Picnic Area  6108 ft / 1861 m
    Time:1 Hours 11 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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