Ascent of Snowshoe Peak on 2010-08-22

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Eric Noel -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, August 22, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snowshoe Peak
    Elevation:8738 ft / 2663 m

Ascent Trip Report

Eric, Ken, and I chose to hike up the less technical west side of Snowshoe Peak. The TH has changed and is on road 410 where road 2722 used to connect. Road 2722 is now part of the bull Run River. We hiked up the the washed out road about .5 mile where we found the good road leading up to the old TH. Then we followed a good trail to Verdun Creek where the "manway" began. This is a brushy up and down trail that leads to Snowshoe Lake. We had no trouble ascending the slabby class 3 section before getting to Snowshoe Lake where we camped.

Early the next morning we hiked past the lake and up the bowl to the ridge. Finding a route up the ridgeline to the summit was not difficult or technical. Great views from the summit. It was windy and cool on the summit, so we didn't spend much time before heading down. Ken did use his level to veryify that the east summit area is highest.

Back at camp it started raining while we packed up for the hike out. Down climbing the wet granite slabs was not without incident. I took a header, broke a trekking pole, jammed my left thumb, and dislocated my left index finger. After getting the rest of the way down the slabs, we beat through the wet brush and got pretty wet on our hike out. This was a long day of hiking at about 11 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7000 ft / 2133 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18.1 mi / 29.1 km
    Route:West Side Snowshoe Lake
    Trailhead:1738 ft / 529 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads

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