Ascent of Llao Rock on 2007-09-08

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Saturday, September 8, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Llao Rock
    Elevation:8049 ft / 2453 m

Ascent Trip Report

Llao Rock is part of the crater rim. The side towards Crater Lake is a 1300-ft cliff. The back side is a sandy hill covered with grass and clumps of trees. There is a clump of trees right at the summit -- towards the lake, a sandy slope falls away from there to the top of the precipitous cliff. I started climbing from the parking lot right at "North Junction", where the road from the north park entrance meets the Rim Road around the lake. I stayed well back from the crater rim and climbed sideways up the hill. This was the only hike of the whole trip where I didn't wear my gaiters and I wished I had them, just to keep seeds and thistles from sticking to my wool socks. The climb in the sand seemed to last forever in the heat, and more clumps of trees kept appearing up the hill. Eventually, the summit clump of trees appeared -- I climbed up and took a picture of the lake through the biggest gap between the trees and retreated. Going sideways down the hill in the sand was almost as hard as going up. At one point there was a herd path in the right direction, but it lasted only 100 yards or so. I don't think very many people climb this hill.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:35 Minutes

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