Ascent of Summerlin Peak on 2012-12-25

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Summerlin Peak
    Elevation:5082 ft / 1548 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took East Ridge route from parking lot at little park. Beta had indicated a steep scrambling route with exposure and Class 3 climbing with one Class 4 move. First 0.8 mile is on a graded gravel and dirt road that gains only about 200 vertical feet, then the steep terrain begins. There is one short exposed traverse with a very roomy ledge, and some easy and sporadic Class 3 climbing here. The supposed Class 4 move was an overhung wall about 8-9 feet high with good handholds and decent footholds. There was no fixed rope here as mentioned in our beta, which is fine as we wouldn't have used it anyway. Fall would be on a flat and scratchy limestone slab that almost looks like poured concrete, and would likely only result in scrapes and bruises. We both made it up this easily, and I would call it Class 3. From there it is a steep slope up to the peak. The final 1.2 miles covers over 2000 vertical feet.

Descent was via the standard (Class 2) route as Anji had never been this way. I missed the correct descent gully near the summit and had to back track a short distance, then it goes down and over to a different connecting ridge. It eventually dumps you back at the road.

The limestone on this peak is exceptionally abrasive and will shred just about anything it comes in contact with: hands, shoes, skin, clothes, whatever. I don't like scrambling in gloves but this place might be the exception if I go again.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2182 ft / 665 m
    Elevation Loss:2182 ft / 665 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Cool with light breeze, but sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2182 ft / 665 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Parking lot in park at Cliff Shadows Pkwy  2900 ft / 883 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2182 ft / 665 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Trailhead:Parking lot in park at Cliff Shadows Pkwy  2900 ft / 883 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 54 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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