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Ascent of Silver Peak on 2012-09-02

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Date:Sunday, September 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10800 ft / 3291 m

Ascent Trip Report

Noble Creek trail starts almost 1.5 miles west of Silver Creek Campground, just off of Hwy 4 at a hairpin turn. There is no sign here, although if you start walking down the trail you'll see a wilderness sign.

I walked south on the trail almost 2 miles, then headed east cross-country towards Silver peak. Actually, I was aiming for the ridge just south of Silver peak, the one that connects it to Highland Peak. After clearing the forest cover in the first half-mile of cross-country, I ascended through several hundred feet of moderately annoying brush. I got onto a ridge at 8800 ft where the brush cleared, but it became rather rocky after awhile so I dropped north a little bit into a drainage and followed it up to the main ridge at 10,300 ft. From here, it was a rock scramble over the lower first summit of Silver, which had a register, then over to the main summit a quarter mile away (also with a register).

After a short stay, I followed the ridge south to Highland Peak. A couple of rock bands below the summit looked a bit daunting. I cleared the first staying just right of the main ridgeline. Had to deal with some bush-whacking in whitebark pine. The second rock band was easier to get around just to the left of the main ridge. From here, it was maybe 10 minutes to the summit.

Great views from the summit. As the name implies, it's the highest point around for many miles. I descended straight west off the summit. Probably a mistake because the talus was steep and loose here for 400 feet. Stayed north of the main drainage and eventually hit the Noble Creek trail again. Total mileage for both peaks was a little over 10 miles and took 7.5 hrs round trip. An extra 900 ft of gain to go get Highland peak from Silver peak.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Elevation Loss:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Extra Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Noble Canyon trail/ west ridge
    Trailhead:Noble Canyon trailhead  7250 ft / 2209 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3550 ft / 1082 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Noble Canyon trail/ west ridge
    Trailhead:Noble Canyon trailhead  7250 ft / 2209 m



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