Ascent of Natapoc Mountain on 2011-04-30

Climber: Craig Willis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Natapoc Mountain
    Elevation:4210 ft / 1283 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked across from the entrance gate of Road 850, alongside Road 6601. I eventually joined Road 810 under power lines and continued west. Shortly after a road-bend with a small stream gully, the road once again meets the power lines above and I attained a ridgeline from there, which I followed up to the summit ridgetop.

The road walk was almost entirely snow-free, while nearly the entire off-road travel was snow-covered. Choosing to summit this peak while snow was still present was an excellent choice. Due to the thick forests, no avalanche dangers were present on the route despite high avalanche dangers on many nearby peaks. Plus the snow covered potential brushy sections, and with it still early Spring much of the plant growth was just starting to come out. The ridgetop was partially snow-covered, partially not, and where there was no snow there was a faint unmaintained path to follow. I went to both summits.

I agree with Eric Noel that the south summit is likely higher. My GPS said the south summit was ~4220' elevation, while the north summit is officially designated as only 4204' elevation. It might be best to visit both summit contours to be certain, but to each his/her own.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2210 ft / 673 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Trailhead:Road 850 / Road 6601  2100 ft / 640 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:0 Days 1 Hours 0 Minutes

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