Ascent of Raymond Peak on 2012-08-25

Climber: Tim Berger

Others in Party:Dave Sendek
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Raymond Peak
    Elevation:10014 ft / 3052 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were planning on Reynolds and Raymond Peaks from Ebbets Pass via the PCT. Deciding to do Raymond first, we ascended the east col, what seemed to be the obvious approach after leaving the PCT at the Pennsylvania Ck crossing.

We found no use trail. At the top of the col we found 130 feet of exposed class 4 climbing, but no summit. After scrambling around the summit area for half an hour, in and out of rock pinnacles and fins, with gravelly chutes, we finally found the summit, which is about 100 feet north of the summit ridge. Ammo box for register, with entries to mid 1990s. Not wanting to return the way we came, we made our way down to the north,encountering scant evidence of trails or use, and difficult descent to the peak's shoulder. Appearing to blocked once more from further descent to the west col, we descended a chute back down the peaks face. The chute comprised builders and thin gravel-covered waterworn bedrock. The rocks are highly irregular,often loose and resulted in some falls on the way down.

We made our way to Pennsylvania creek, following the creek back to the PCT crossing, and returning via the PCT. With the difficulty of the ascent and descent, we were a little beat up and elected not to try Reynolds on the return.

Based on the summit register, most people appear to ascend from the Blue Lakes area, either directly or from Raymond Lake.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1348 ft / 411 m
    Elevation Loss:1348 ft / 411 m
    Distance:16.5 mi / 26.6 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1348 ft / 411 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.8 km
    Route:PCT to Pennsylvania Ck, up east col chute
    Trailhead:Ebbets Pass TH  8666 ft / 2641 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 18 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1348 ft / 411 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route:PCT to Pennsylvania Ck, up east col chute
    Trailhead:Ebbets Pass TH  8666 ft / 2641 m
    Time Down:5 Hours 34 Minutes

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