Ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain on 2012-10-21

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:April Sarna <10273
my wife) and kids John and Geoffrey
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rattlesnake Mountain
    Elevation:6959 ft / 2121 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked car at Loch Leven Lakes Trailhead on Hampshire Rocks Road. Hiked back up road (southwest) a few hundred yards into the "Victory" Group Campsite behind the Forest Service Maintenance? Station, which was under construction. Continued past a locked gate under the freeway and northeast adjacent to the freeway. Continued northeast up the poor dirt road to turn northwest and up where the brush wasn't very thick. Worked our way around thickets of brush under the trees, following game trails (couldn't find the trail marked on the old maps) steeply uphill toward the peak, it getting much easier once it leveled out and we could follow the ridge to the top. Tried a more direct route going down but had to slide over a hundred yards of thick brush before getting to the poor dirt road under the power lines.
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Signal Peak (Red Mtn), 7841', behind my son, John, standing on north spur of Rattlesnake Mtn, taken from the summit (2012-10-21). Photo by John E Sarna.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1559 ft / 474 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:cross country from Hampshire Rocks Road
    Trailhead:Loch Leven Lakes Trailhead  5800 ft / 1767 m
    Grade/Class:Cl 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack

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