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Ascent of Santa Rosa Peak on 2012-09-29

Climber: Caleb Morris

Others in Party:Troy Baker
Date:Saturday, September 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Santa Rosa Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:9701 ft / 2956 m

Ascent Trip Report

Troy Baker and I did this the day after a couple of Oregon High Desert peaks. We intended to do King Lear, but the logistics of this peak made more sense for us with it being just across the highway from Stevenson BM which we did the prior evening.

We opted for the route Dennis described when he climbed the mountain a week earlier. The west ridge starts easily enough, a nice hike up grassy incline, but once you gain the top of that initial ridge the bushwhacking begins. Lots of granitic formations to contend with, as Troy said you have to be pretty much paying attention to where you are placing your feet all the time. The last 700 feet is a steep scramble up through some immense granite boulders.

I would say this was the toughest of the eleven NW Nevada P2K's I have done so far. Not technically challenging, but a physically demanding 8 mile hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4300 ft / 1310 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4300 ft / 1310 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:west ridge
    Trailhead:5401 ft / 1646 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km



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