Ascent of Smith Peak on 2011-12-25

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Angela
Date:Sunday, December 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Smith Peak
    Elevation:5242 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

Probably the best thing about this hike is that there is great flexibility to pick the level of exertion one wants by parking in a spot chosen for it. The road goes to within about 1 mile / 542 vertical feet of the summit. But there are several places to park before then for those who want a longer hike. Do be careful to note the dips in the road as they can make the elevation gain higher that one would otherwise suspect.

The (new) road is in good condition, but 4WD is probably required (there is a sign asking drivers to switch into four wheel drive to preserve their tires and the road at the base of the mountain). The new road ascends the ridge about 0.6 miles NE of Bullard Peak. The old road, which ascends the ridge about 1 mile W of Bullard Peak) did not look drivable to me.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1242 ft / 376 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Service road
    Trailhead:Service road @ 4400'  4400 ft / 1341 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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