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Ascent of Cathedral Mountain on 1995-07-29

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, July 29, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cathedral Mountain
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:3375 ft / 1028 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cathedral Mountain, 3375 ft.
Map: Wiseman A-1, Scale: 1:63,360, Date: 1975
Peak UTM: 619050E, 7452200N, Zone 5
The name was given by early prospectors. Gold was discovered at Tramway Bar to the southwest on the Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River in 1893. (Jensen, p. 89)

Cathedral Mountain is the jagged-topped mountain on the right side of the Dalton Highway which can be seen as you travel north of milepost 160. The mountain can be hiked from a point a half mile north of milepost 168 where there is a small pullout on the west side. There is very limited parking here for only one or at most two cars. UTM for this point is: 616360E, 7453560N. From here the summit is visible on a bearing of 119 degrees and is 1.9 miles away. Start the hike heading SE across the road through a moderately boggy spruce forest and then up the slopes toward point 2545 ft. shown on the map. About a hundred feet below the top turn east and go to a low saddle. Then contour below and to the right of a small hill on your left over to a ridgeline. Proceed up the ridge and stay to the right and below the ridge top as you continue east. Gradually gain elevation as you turn NE to the high point near the end of the ridge. The high point is below the "t" in mountain in section 17 on the map. The prominent pinnacle north of the summit with the same elevation on the topo map appears to be slightly lower. The climb takes about 3 hours and the distance is 2.5 miles with an elevation gain of 2250 ft. Allow about 1 3/4 to 2 hours for the return hike. 7/95 RLC


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