Ascent of Graham Mountain on 2018-06-05

Climber: Lane Johnson

Date:Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Graham Mountain
    Elevation:8570 ft / 2612 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started up the Meadow Fork trail at 7:30 a.m., then turned right where the main trail heads to Mud Lake. Four miles to the saddle overlooking Big Riner Basin, where Graham Peak first shows itself. The trail turns sharply downhill into the basin, then circles around to the left and climbs up to another saddle where it joins the Sky Line Trail. Here you stay on the saddle and work up toward the prominent buttress north of Graham Mountain, then traverse south along it, staying high. At the saddle between the buttress and Graham Mountain, head right up to the big cliff and then traverse around to the right (west face) on tricky shale. I went around until I found an easy chute to scramble up to the top of the cliffs, then went right through trees to the obvious high point. It's not just a flat top, but a definite rock pile summit. Strawberry Mountain prominent to the west, and Slide Mountain to the north. Back to the car by the same route. Nice hike, 12 miles overall, 5 hours up and 3 down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3080 ft / 938 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3080 ft / 938 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Nice sunny day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2960 ft / 902 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2840 ft / 866 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Little Riner Basin trail
    Start Trailhead:Meadow Fork trailhead  5730 ft / 1746 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2960 ft / 902 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2840 ft / 866 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Same as ascent
    End Trailhead:Meadow Fork trailhead  5730 ft / 1746 m
    Time:3 Hours 

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