Ascent of Mazatzal Peak on 2011-01-15
|Others in Party:||Chris Rutz|
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|Date:||Saturday, January 15, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7903 ft / 2408 m|
Ascent Trip ReportGiven the relatively dry season and recent heat, our group was surprised to find considerable snow on the southeast slopes. The hike was definitely challenging- aside from the about 4000' of accumulated gain, there was much brutal brush (plants with thorns, cacti, plants with sharp leaves, ...). The snow and ice added yet another set of obstacles.
In terms of the route - the Y-bar trail was decent (some fallen trees and slight washouts, but usually easy to follow, thanks to cairns in some difficult stretches). Going from the Y-bar trail to the summit was challenging, but routefinding was not an issue - most choices led where you wanted to go without stranding you (and when you came to a dead-end, getting out of it didn't require much backtracking).
That said, the view from the summit made it worth it.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||4063 ft / 1236 m|
| Extra Gain:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||11 mi / 17.7 km|
| Route:||Y-bar trail to SE ridge|
| Trailhead:||Barnhardt Trailhead 4240 ft / 1292 m|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||5 Hours |
| Time Down:||4 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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