Ascent of Mount Gower on 2018-04-21

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Gower
    Elevation:3103 ft / 945 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the Swartz Canyon TH. Direct sun was making it feel much warmer than it really was. Once on the first ridge, another hiking group caught up to us as well as a solo hiker on a training hike. The solo hiker offered cold water otherwise was going to dump it (using the water for weight). I grabbed another liter but didn't really want the additional weight as I thought my 4 liters were enough. (Later I'm really glad I had the extra liter as it was needed big time). Every time I'm on this trail it "runs" hot. Most of the group was only heading to "false" Gower. Some got a little lost just below the "false" summit. (The views from this summit are great). Larry and I started our traverse across to Middle Gower and Mt Gower. Just kept selecting the cross country path where brush was below the knees. There is a mini scramble (no exposure) for Middle Gower; signed/left a register. Grabbed a quick snack and continued on. aiming for the NE side as there is a use trail...too brushy for a direct line for Mt Gower. Mt Gower has lots of mini plateaus so "finding" the right high point takes some pacing back-n-forth. Signed the register. Great views. I had mapped a use trail to the south via satellite photos. Took a mini short cut (doing a direct beeline to the use trail below) which resulted in a fall. First big fall on a sharp rock. Ripped the pants; gashed the upper shin (permanent scar). Put a 5x5 bandage held with athletic tape, and continued down. The use trail was easy to follow down. There were some sections that it seem to disappear but could see further down where we needed to go. (going up would require tracking knowledge as it would have been easy to be an extreme bushwhack and never re-finding the use trail). Merged onto the overlook trail and headed back. Once on the Swartz Canyon ridge, came across a king snake sunning itself on the trail. Finally reached the TH with the group waiting for us with margaritas.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: 2018 Gower loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1False Gower2018-04-21 
2Middle Gower2018-04-21 
3Mount Gower2018-04-21 

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