Ascent of Summit Mountain on 2012-06-17

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Dean Molen -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, June 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Summit Mountain
    Elevation:10461 ft / 3188 m

Ascent Trip Report

We camped on the North Fork of Allison Creek, intending to drive the road (USFS Road 515) to the saddle below the peak in the morning. But we found that the bottom of the road was washed out. It gets little to no activity - it might be passable to ATVs, but there are no tracks on it at the upper end. It should be walkable, but the morning was already very hot and we decided to check out an alternative route.

I'd suggest coming at it from the west (Monitor Valley Road) side, which we went out. From the main Monitor Valley Road turn east onto USFS Road 004 (the signs in the valley precede the number with "43" so the junction may be signed "43004") and follow this passenger-car-drivable road to the 4WD road at about 7900'. Follow this road, if you and your vehicle are capable (meaning 4WD low range and the knowledge of how to use it effectively), to the vicinity of the large 9600' contour southwest of the peak. The road continues down to the 9209' saddle, but we were not confident that we'd be able to drive back up a steep stretch at about 9450' so we walked. The crux of the drive for us was between about 8600' and 9133'.

If you can drive as far as we did, follow the attached GPS track. If you don't have the ability or vehicle to drive our 4WD road, I'd suggest walking the old road up the North Fork of Allison Creek. If you are approaching from the east, be aware that the road you would think is FR 004 is posted as ranch access only. Continue a little farther south on Antelope Road and you'll find the newly routed 004 which passes just south of the ranch's fence line. When it reaches a "T" you'll go right to access the North Fork.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1663 ft / 506 m
    Extra Gain:411 ft / 125 m
    Route:SW ridge/face
    Trailhead:jeep road on bump  9620 ft / 2932 m
    Weather:very hot
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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