Ascent of Shelly Mountain on 2018-08-15

Climber: Richard Carey

Others in Party:Shelley Rogers
Date:Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Shelly Mountain
    Elevation:11278 ft / 3437 m

Ascent Trip Report

Using Alder Creek Road which can be accessed from Houston Road a few miles south of Mackay we drove into Forest Road 4069 (signed). This road is poor and requires 4WD with good clearance to reach the trailhead after 0.5 miles. The road is now blocked off well before Ken Jones' stopping point. The road is more like a track to where Ken parked.
We started the hike and got up to a high point toward the east ridge Ken used. The ridge had steep pinnacles and looked nasty. We had started rather late and knew we probably wouldn't have sufficient time to do the summit up the difficult ridge so we went back down planning an alternate route up and over Peak 10,643 which is south of Shelly summit. This route, while longer, looked much easier.
Next day with an early start we followed the route to where Ken parked. This is called "Road end" on my track. Reaching a grassy ridge we stopped at a 6 foot cube rock out by itself. Then following some game tracks headed west toward point 8750. Then there was about a 200 ft. drop to cross a drainage to get to the slope leading to 10,643.
There was some loose scree at first, but the ridge went well. We skirted the minor peak and went up the final slopes to the summit. I didn't find a register and left one. It was long hike of about 10 hours including stops.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5312 ft / 1618 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5312 ft / 1618 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Good with smoke
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4700 ft / 1432 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3828 ft / 1167 m; Extra: 872 ft / 265m
    Loss on way in:872 ft / 265 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:south ridge
    Start Trailhead:End of 4WD road  7450 ft / 2270 m
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4440 ft / 1353 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3828 ft / 1167 m; Extra: 612 ft / 186m
    Gain on way out:612 ft / 186 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    End Trailhead:7450 ft / 2270 m
    Time:3 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Carey
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