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Ascent of Willard Peak on 2011-07-16

Climber: Anthony Wilkinson

Date:Saturday, July 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Willard Peak
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:9763 ft / 2975 m

Ascent Trip Report

Snow has remained quite late at the higher elevations in the Wasatch this year, due to the record-breaking snow pack and cool weather through spring and early summer. I made it up the Willard Basin Road to about a quarter mile short of the Willard Basin Campground. Snow covered the road to the pond and most of the trail up to the peak. I kicked in steps to ascend the cirque, then scrambled through the rock and brush to the top of Willard Peak.

Beautiful summer day made for dramatic views: Willard Bay and the Great Salt Lake to the west, Uintas to the southeast, Wasatch south all the way down to Mt. Nebo, and into Idaho and Wyoming to the north and northeast. The snow made for a wonderful glissade back down the cirque to the pond.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1063 ft / 324 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Willard Basin North Ridge Scramble
    Trailhead:Willard Basin Road (snow field)  8700 ft / 2651 m
    Grade/Class:Easy 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Calm, clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:25 Minutes



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