Ascent of Sugg Peak on 2012-05-06

Climber: Joel Hawk

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sugg Peak
    Elevation:5243 ft / 1598 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ok, we all do it at some point, but I added an extra 2 miles to my trip looking for a way up Sugg Peak only to turn around and cut across the meadow and ultimately face the arduous task of bushwhacking up a face where no man has every placed his feet. I say that with pure confidence knowing that almost everyone who has climbed this probably did the same thing (unless they used the old jeep road - and still, some bushwhacking is required. Once I actually reached a gully at the bottom of Sugg Peak, I picked up on what looked like a trail where someone had cut the brush a little so you could get through. It's not clearly marked, but I kept looking for man-made cut brush and wormed my way to the top. Once there, Don Raether had come up to the summit via a different way (surprise). A very nice gent who has climbed almost the full list and found the benchmark for me (hint, it's under the register). We decided to bushwhack back down together to at least have some company through the rough stuff. On the way down, we saw a couple of mountain lion prints, but no lion. Coming across a 5 to 6 foot rattler and with only one fall (my first of many I'm sure), we finally found our way into the meadow and a reasonable hike back to the trailhead. I last saw Don snacking on a PBJ on a fallen tree as I headed on to climb a couple more. Great hike that I combined with Oakzanita, but not one for the faint of heart.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1725 ft / 526 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1725 ft / 526 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Trailhead:Oakzanita Trailhead  3518 ft / 1072 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Trailhead:Oakzanita Trailhead  
    Time Down:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Sugg

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Oakzanita Peak2012-05-06
2Sugg Peak2012-05-06

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