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Ascent of Snow Mountain on 2011-08-13

Climber: Gene Vityugov

Others in Party:Patrick Kao
Date:Saturday, August 13, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Snow Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7056 ft / 2150 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed the directions from the SummitPost page: http://www.summitpost.org/snow-mountain/151659
It took about 2 hours from the I-5 Maxwell exit to reach the trailhead. Half of that time you will spend on a dirt road, sometimes steep, so bring an appropriate vehicle. Although my Corolla did just fine, I would be much more comfortable with a truck or SUV.

Park by the restroom and walk past it to reach the sign for the start of the trail. We could only find out the distance from hikers that have posted before us, and the estimate seems to be around 8-8.5 miles roundtrip. The trail is moderately steep and rocky. About halfway through, you will find a beautiful meadow (pond in the winter) with a boatload of dragonflies - that's Cedar Camp. If we were backpacking, this would have been a great place to camp. But since it was a daytrip, we kept on going. As we got closer, we were surprised to see snow on the west peak in the middle of August. We hit the west peak first, ate lunch in the snow, and headed off to the east peak. There is an Alpine Club register on there that provides some entertaining reading.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail



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