Ascent of Mount Bangs on 2011-05-03
|Others in Party:||Dean Molen|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 3, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8012 ft / 2442 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI hiked Bangs with my good friend Dean Molen. Fortunately he drove today up Elbow Canyon from Mesquite. Elbow Canyon is a nasty rocky slow 4WD road for about 8 miles all the way up to the pass. Cougar Spring is not far beyond the pass and we parked at the wilderness parking area.
We hiked up the old road to Littlefield Reservoir and then followed another old road to the left towards the summit of Mt Bangs. On this second part of the road go right at a T and then do not go through the barb wire fence gate, instead continue up the the road towards the summit. The old road kind of ends and becomes a trail in the last section, but it works better than bushwhacking. About 400 ft below the summit, the trail starts to cut across the south face of the summit, but it does not go to the summit so leave the trail and start climbing up the east ridge towards the summit. At first it is a little brushy, then it becomes more rocky with big boulders and brush, and lastly it is just big boulders to scramble on along the ridge to the summit. Great views, fun scrambling, nice hike, horrid drive.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1667 ft / 509 m|
| Distance:||5.8 mi / 9.3 km|
| Route:||Cougar Springs|
| Trailhead:||6345 ft / 1933 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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