Ascent of Echo Ridge on 2012-07-24
|Others in Party:||Tom Wandall|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, July 24, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11168 ft / 3404 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBig day in the mountains. My brother Tom and I decided to try and abbreviated Cathedral Range Traverse while staying in Yosemite West. At the trailhead we left the climbing gear in the car, figuring it would slow us down (plus, we saw all the cars and realized we would be waiting at the foot of Cathedral Peak for the climbers above us to head up. Instead, we took the Muir route. Quickly gained the ridge, but the traverse around the back was more than we were up for, and we headed back down. From Cathedral Peak we headed south to the top of a dome we thought might give us a nice trail into the Echo Peaks. Instead it was unremarkable, and we dubbed it Detour Dome. We then headed up into the Echos, which was an amazing place. However, strong winds made us reticent to climb up without gear, so we headed up to Echo Ridge. The views of Matthes Crest were awesome, and we found the going up Echo Ridge pretty straightforward, except for one false summit. Soon enough we made it to the top, and headed down. We took the snow coulour, or tried to. I stepped onto the snow and made an epic post hole. All the way up to my waist! Instead, we took the scree field down to Budd Lake, then hiked the rest of the way out. Great time, great hike, and great views.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2606 ft / 795 m|
| Distance:||8 mi / 12.9 km|
| Route:||Cathedral Peak, Echo Peaks, Echo Ridge|
| Trailhead:||Cathedral Peak Trailhead 8562 ft / 2609 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
| Time Down:||2 Hours |
|Ascent Part of Trip: Cathedral Traverse|
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