Ascent of Tiefort Mountains High Point on 2012-01-06

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Mountain Man Henry The -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Friday, January 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tiefort Mountains High Point
    Elevation:5063 ft / 1543 m

Ascent Trip Report

The biggest challenge for this hike is going through the process to get access to the base. The first step is calling Range Control (the office responsible for controlling access to all areas outside the main populated area). Their number is 760-380-3878. Be sure to get the name of the person who agrees to your hike, and that he or she will be around when you come onto the base. I'm not sure whether it's a preference or a rule, but they prefer to allow access when major training sessions are not in progress (minor training sessions will be in progress any time).

When you come on base, you first need to go the visitor information building to get your vehicle pass. You will need to provide your drivers license, registration, and proof of insurance as well as the person you spoke with in Range Control. When you get your pass, they will direct you to the Range Control Office. Once there you will need to go through a safety course (90 minutes - 2 hours) to learn about UXO (unexploded ordnance, i.e. live bombs) and more. You may want to check when the course is offered and time your arrival accordingly. Next, range control will loan you a radio, magnet labels for your vehicle, and a map. You will likely need to leave the radio on (and hear all the other chatter), as they will likely check in on you from time to time, and want you to update them when you start hiking, summit, and return to the vehicle.

As far as the hike, the "trail", which follows telephone and/or power lines, varies from poor to non-existent in places, but since you are following the lines, you can easily stay close. Much of the terrain is loose scree, often on steep slopes. On the plus side, the view from the top is really great. There is a structure at the highest summit, but it is open to walk through. The rock with the USGS marker is lying around in this structure.

It is also important to note that the "trail" is the only option for hiking this summit as the rest of the mountain is off limits.

Note: after returning from the trip, I looked through all the papers they had supplied me, and I found one which had a map on one side (which appeared to indicate the whole mountain was off-limits) and on the other side a list of restrictions (which were not enforced in my case):
- requests must be submitted 3 working days prior to the hike
- minimum number of climbers in party will be four for safety
- all parties must have a medic or combat lifesaver or Red Cross first aid/CPR certified and an aidbag which must contain equipment for broken bones and minor/major cuts
- leader must have smoke or a signal mirror to use in event of accident/injury for MEDEVAC
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2943 ft / 896 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:ridgeline trail
    Trailhead:Road @ 2720  2720 ft / 829 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 2012 Tiefort Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tiefort Mountains High Point2012-01-06
2Tiefort Mountain-West Summit2012-01-06
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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