Ascent of Baker Peak on 2012-09-15
|Others in Party:||Collin Kamholz|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, September 15, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||12305 ft / 3750 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPart five (and last) of a day hike trip in the Snake Range to summit several LVMC 50 Classics. Sequence was Bald, Wheeler, Jeff Davis, Wheeler, and Baker (both summits). Car shuttle was set up in advance.
From the Wheeler/Baker Saddle, there is some light and brief Class 3 climbing without exposure as the ridges intersect on their way up to the west summit. The two summits are close in height (my GPS only shows a few feet of difference). The western height is shown on the topo maps as the high point, but the eastern summit is the true summit. Lots of loose toaster-sized talus everywhere, and difficult terrain. Both summits give an amazing view of the south faces of Wheeler and Jeff Davis. We opted to backtrack on a descending traverse to hit a drainage and head down to Baker Lake for descent, then take the trail to the Baker Creek Trailhead where Eric, Melinda, and Anji were patiently waiting for us.
This route was chosen over taking the east ridge down, as it was difficult to determine how rugged and steep the terrain was from the east summit, even after scouting along the ridge for a few hundred extra meters (not on the GPS track, left it with my pack at the east summit). The southern route proved difficult, not the least of problems was the cumulative effects of so many peaks and hours hiking. Lots of loose talus, some steep areas, and a very long slow trip down to the lake. Looking at the topo later, the route down the east ridge would have been perhaps marginally more difficult, shorter (approx 2.1 miles), and cut off a good chunk of our trip along the trail from the lake!
We reached Baker Lake before darkness fell, got a good ways down the trail, then finished with headlamps in the darkness. I ran the last 2.6 miles down the trail, which was very nice.
"Ascent Quality" for the entire day would be a 6.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||735 ft / 223 m|
| Elevation Loss:||4582 ft / 1395 m|
| Distance:||7.8 mi / 12.5 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Clear day with a few clouds
| Elevation Gain:||658 ft / 200 m|
| Extra Loss:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||1.1 mi / 1.8 km|
| Route:||N Ridge to W Ridge, and West Summit|
| Trailhead:||Wheeler/Baker Saddle 11847 ft / 3610 m|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 9 Minutes|
| Elevation Loss:||4382 ft / 1335 m|
| Extra Gain:||77 ft / 23 m|
| Distance:||6.7 mi / 10.8 km|
| Route:||South Face/Gully to Baker Creek Trail|
| Trailhead:||Baker Creek Trailhead 8000 ft / 2438 m|
| Time Down:||3 Hours 9 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Snake Jeff Davis# (1 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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