Ascent of Ten-Four Mountain on 2011-04-03
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, April 3, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4384 ft / 1336 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was one of the most enjoyable snowshoe outings I have had in some time. I'm shocked more people have not tried this route, especially while the mountain has deep snowpack. Heading up the Northeast Ridge, then East Ridge, was great with only a few minor steep sections (definitely less steep than the ridge north of the summit). The Northeast Ridge has a "crux" section of traversing over a massive boulder outcrop, but that was minor. Some side-traversing was done to gain the East Ridge from the Northeast Ridge (to avoid cliffs above), but easy. With a minimum of 3'-4' deep snow everywhere above 3000' elevation, all blowdown areas, young alder areas, and brush were covered. I put on my snowshoes at 2500' elevation, and never had to take them off again until I returned to that point. I needed to use my ice axe for the side-traverses and some minor steep spots, but otherwise no problems or technical difficulties.
This is not a route I would recommended for first-time snowshoers, but in my opinion this is should be the preferred route and conditions for attempting Ten-Four Mountain. The snow worked to my advantage. I was only disgruntled by low clouds obscuring views of the Ten-Four Mountain summit hill (which can be seen from the Northeast Ridge in several places south of the "crux" section).
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3384 ft / 1031 m|
| Extra Gain:||300 ft / 91 m|
| Distance:||12 mi / 19.3 km|
| Route:||East Ridge|
| Trailhead:||1600 ft / 487 m|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Low Clouds|
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