Ascent of North Maggie Mountain on 2011-06-26

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Matthew Hengst
Bill Payne
Amin Farady
Tova Corman
Stephanie Glyden
Anne Kircher
Lisa Miyake
Chuck Ernst
Allison Allport
Judy Rigney
Diana Bryant
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Maggie Mountain
    Elevation:10234 ft / 3119 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club M-Rock SPS/WTC Outing***
Led by Matthew Hengst, Ron Campbell, Bill Payne
2 day/1 night backpack trip with camp set just north of Long Meadow.

Camped Friday night at the Shake Campground; Shake is a nice little campground with 11 sites, water, pit toilets. Very clean and in good shape. The road had just opened for the season the day we camped here. A group of 14 met at the Shake Camp Trailhead at 7:00 am. The goal was to pack in to just north of Long Meadow, set camp, and head west to pick up Moses Mtn on Saturday, Sunday we'd wake up early, get North Maggie and then pack back out.

Because the road to the trailhead had just opened for the season, trail maintainance has not been conducted yet, but it's in pretty good shape on the west side of Tule River. The Tule River has very fast, high water due to the heavy ppt this year. We got up to the "Redwood Crossing" (where a large log has fallen across the Tule and access to the east side is possible) and then spent a lot of time looking for an alternate to crossing on the log. None was found and ultimately Hengst set up rope for a handrail and our group crossed the river. On the east side of the river abundant tree and branch falls have obstructed the trail in many places, and our progress was slowed significantly in order to divert around the debris. We set up camp about 0.5 mile north (upstream) of Long Meadow at 7,165'.

Once we'd set up camp we headed upstream to look for a spot to cross the Tule and head west. We were slowed significantly while searching for a crossing; we finally found a spot about 0.25 mile north of our camp and headed west steeply upslope across densely vegetated and thorny terrain. At about 8,200' we'd worked free of the brush and were able to make decent time up 2nd Class rock (with minor, unexposed Class 3). We got up as high as the northernmost pinnacle of the summit ridge to an elevation of about 8,980' and had to turn back because we were still about 1 hour from the summit with about only 3 hours of daylight left.

Sunday we left camp at about 7:30 am and made good time up very steep, brushy, thorny, cross country terrain. After not too long we worked our way off the western edge and began traveling east up through a series of first gullies, then bowls to our summit. Snow was abundant in the bowls above 8,600'; we worked our way up Class 2 rock to a final north-south ridge below the summit - deep snow covered this final ridge all the way to the summit. Awesome views on top; infinite visibility, perfect temperatures. We left the summit at 1:30 pm, glissading where we could, and got back to camp in excellent time by about 4:00 pm.

We packed up and got out of camp by 5:10 pm and were back at the cars by about 7:45 pm. Mileage and gain noted are estimated and apply to the entire trip.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6000 ft / 1829 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:6000 ft / 1829 m
    Distance:26 mi / 41.8 km
    Trailhead:4234 ft / 1290 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Moses & Maggie (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1(Attempt) Moses Mountain2011-06-25
2North Maggie Mountain2011-06-26

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