Ascent of Quartzite Mountain on 2011-02-27

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Brian Keith
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Quartzite Mountain
    Elevation:7133 ft / 2174 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had been warned that this could be a boring hike, but a freak snowstorm the prior night made the hike more challenging and MUCH more scenic.

Following the old road (now closed to traffic) was usually straightforward enough, but once at the pass just above 6400', we did not see a trace of a use trail. That said, making a route from there wasn't difficult, and would have been trivial without the snow.

The final summit block had a bit of class 3, but the rest of the trip was class 1-2 (probably all class 1 without snow).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2169 ft / 661 m
    Elevation Loss:5364 ft / 1634 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2069 ft / 631 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Old road to 6400', then S ridge
    Trailhead:Quail Spring Rd @ 5164'  5164 ft / 1573 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5264 ft / 1604 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Old road to 6400', then S ridge
    Trailhead:Quail Spring Rd @ 5164'  1969 ft / 600 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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