Ascent of Cunningham Mountain on 2011-12-19

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:James N
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, December 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cunningham Mountain
    Elevation:3316 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a nice easy peak though not the most exciting route. On the approach, the key is to get on the new unmapped powerline/gasline road. Turn West off of Hwy 95 at 33.546, -114.217. From there follow this good road the whole way in until it reaches nearly to Copper Bottom Pass. Turn left at the mapped road up to Cunningham peak and you'll quickly turn left again at a fork (right goes to a mine building). At a rightward curve the road is gated and almost certainly locked. No signs. Park at a pullout at the curve. Passable to a car. From there you just walk the road to the summit. Steep and efficient travel. The road is steep enough that they have put cement on it in places for traction. You go up a mile and hit the ridge and continue another mile to the summit. Easy. No signage. Lots of towers at the top. At the end of the towers to the left of a cinder block building is the BM. A 3 foot high rockpile with a 20 foot high antennae is the highest rock, though perhaps not exactly natural. Whatever, touch your rocks and walk down. Very fast peak.

If car camping and going around to peaks, it would be viable to combine Cunningham and Crossman though with the driving it would make for a full day. Would work though if you camp at one and then do both that day and camp at the second one.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1776 ft / 541 m
    Elevation Loss:1876 ft / 572 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1776 ft / 541 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Cunningham Peak Road
    Trailhead:Gate  1540 ft / 469 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1876 ft / 572 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Pipeline Road
    Trailhead:Gate  1440 ft / 438 m

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