Ascent of Mount Rixford on 2018-07-07

Climber: Rich Gillock

Others in Party:Ross Doering
Date:Saturday, July 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rixford
    Elevation:12887 ft / 3927 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started from our overnight camp at Kearsarge Lakes, one of those paradise locations in the Sierras. We climbed to the Kearsarge Pass Trail and headed West. We left the trail as it descended East of the drainage from Rixford. We could have continued down to where the drainage crossed the trail and headed up from there. Either way, cross the drainage West and head to the shoulder of the Bullfrog Lake face and climb. It is steep but with minimal loose rock. We headed towards the apex of the face and followed the ridge towards the summit. There is a black face gap that looks imposing, but passing to the left you can easily cross the gap, and then turn right to go around that summit block. From here there is good rock and bad rock with some high exposure, but the path is safe as long as you take every step seriously. We traversed around the ridge to a chute with more loose rock than good. We climbed the chute from there to the peak. NOBODY WANTED TO RETURN ON THAT PATH.

After summiting Rixford (and signing the summit registry there) we contemplated our path down. We descended the East face down to a scree chute and plunge stepped down to the drainage that we had crossed earlier. (This is not a way up due to loose scree.)

After Rixford we headed for Bago along the Kearsarge Trail to the PCT and the junction to Charlotte Lake. With a thunder cloud building over the peak, we continued on the PCT to the Bullfrog Lake trail and headed back to camp. Rixford had moderated our energy and our bravado. The peak is optional, the return to camp is mandatory.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2313 ft / 705 m
    Route:Bull Frog Lake face
    Trailhead:Kearsarge Lake  10574 ft / 3222 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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