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Ascent of Manly Peak on 2012-04-01

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Harlan Stockman
Ken Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Manly Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7195 ft / 2193 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road in (via Warm Springs Road, from West Side Road) was tough in spots but not too bad for my Nissan Xterra, but vehicles with less than 9" clearance or without 4WD would have considerably bigger challenges.

While the numbers may indicate otherwise, this was a tough hike for three reasons-
1. The initial ascent was brutally steep (900' in the first half mile)
2. Much of the steep ascent was on loose sand, causing significant backsliding.
3. The summit block is class 4 with two options
a. A ridiculous (IMHO) jump over a large, deep crack onto a slick steep slope OR
b. A much more reasonable and unexposed, but awkward, crack that can be chimneyed

The loose sand made the descent very enjoyable. If I were to try it again, I think I would have tried to make the ascent less steep by heading more to the south to catch the ridge at a lower elevation. The ridge probably would have had less loose sand as well.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2374 ft / 724 m
    Elevation Loss:2374 ft / 724 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2324 ft / 709 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Northeast ridge
    Trailhead:Below Quail Spring  4921 ft / 1499 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2324 ft / 709 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Northeast ridge
    Trailhead:Below Quail Spring  4921 ft / 1499 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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