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Ascent of Cache Peak on 2012-08-13

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 13, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cache Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:10339 ft / 3151 m

Ascent Trip Report

Other reports acurately describe the road to the trailhead. My stock Pathfinder had no trouble clearing the rocks. My biggest concern were the waterholes and only having normal road tires. I dodged the first two by going around through the trees. The last one had a fallen tree right beside it and couldn't be avoided. It was just past a steep road berm, so no running start either. It looked deep, but I tested with a stick, and it was only about 3 inches, and it felt like another inch into mud. Only about 15 feet across, I slowly went through okay, and probably shouldn't have worried. But with my tires, I'm not confident in mud, and didn't want to find out what it can't do.
There's a new-looking sign at the trailhead for Independence Lakes. It does cross the lowpoint on the saddle between Cache and Independence. At the saddle, I planned to start up to Cache by staying close to the ridge edge. But I quickly found out this is the toughest going, with more boulders and the densest clumps of small trees. Once I got a hundred feet southwest of the ridge edge, I found more openings to work my way up.
Coming down, it was easier to see the openings. Using my gps, I again stayed about a 100-150ft southwest of the ridge, but when I got close enough to the main trail, I turned south and downhill to avoid what I found near the saddle. I ended up finding a lightly used trail the last 100 feet to the main trail. Coming up the main trail, at about 9550msl, the trail passes through an open area and then unexpectedly curves right and climbs steeply for 30 feet to go around a tree. When the trail angles left past the tree, look for a trail angling slightly right up the hillside. It won't take you far, but will give the most trail up the mountain. From its end, you have to pick your own way southeast to the summit.
From the saddle, Mt Independence looks like the more fun scramble, almost all large rocks and boulders that would be easy to walk on. Being on a multi-day trip, I didn't have the time. One thing to consider though, you can't see the true summit from the saddle. You can probably expect 200 more feet of climbing than what you see.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1856 ft / 566 m
    Elevation Loss:1856 ft / 566 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1826 ft / 557 m
    Extra Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Independence Lakes Trail
    Trailhead:trailhead on west ridge saddle  8543 ft / 2603 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1826 ft / 557 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Independence Lakes Trail
    Trailhead:trailhead on west ridge saddle  8543 ft / 2603 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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