Ascent of South Tent Mountain on 2012-08-25

Climber: Josey Coleman

Date:Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:South Tent Mountain
    Elevation:11285 ft / 3439 m

Ascent Trip Report

Made the mistake of trying to traverse along the side of North Tent but got to some bad steep scree above a cliff band, so descended down to a ditch filled with water and followed that to a meadow at the base of South Tent. I found a faint trail up a bit, then had to bushwhack through some thorny shrubs to a relatively clear gully which can be followed up to the saddle between North and South Tents. From there its pretty easy and clear up to the top. Would probably be a really great spring/fall hike, but it was pretty hot and humid this time.

Skyline drive is in pretty rough shape for awhile (kind of like skiing moguls) and deeply rutted in areas, but probably only needs high clearance when dry. The road is really slick in the wet spots though.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1835 ft / 558 m
    Elevation Loss:1835 ft / 558 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1435 ft / 437 m
    Extra Loss:650 ft / 198 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Trailhead:Skyline Drive  10500 ft / 3200 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1185 ft / 360 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Trailhead:Skyline Drive  10500 ft / 3200 m
    Time Down:45 Minutes

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