Ascent of White Mountains Peak 13615 on 2013-05-25

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Others in Party:Kathy Rich
Date:Saturday, May 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:White Mountains Peak 13615
    Elevation:13615 ft / 4149 m

Ascent Trip Report

This nameless peak is on the 10,000 ft Non-Sierra Peak List. Started from the gate at the end of White Mtn road riding mtn bikes. The first 2 miles of stiff uphill was a bit much for Kathy, so we ditched the mtn bikes and started walking after about 3.5 miles. Fine by me because even though I ride the bike to work most days (37 miles round trip), that first 2 miles was quite a workout. By the way, it was a blast riding the mtn bikes back down the hill at the end of the day.

After a visit to White Mtn Peak summit, we came back down to where the trail takes a long switchback to the north and kept going north cross-country at the sharp turn. We dropped over a ridge to a nice saddle on the ridgeline. From here, there was about a quarter-mile of a knife-edge traverse. We continued from the saddle first on the east side of the ridge around a big gendarme, then up over the ridge over to the west side just past the gendarme. We generally followed below the ridge on the west side, but was forced down below the ridge nearly 100 feet further just before the end of the knife-edge ridge section. We kept the climbing to a mix of loose class 2 and class 3.

Climbing back up to the ridge on talus and scree, we got to easy hiking just south of Peak 13,908. We hiked over this nameless peak taking time to sign the register. North of the peak there is a 600 ft drop to a saddle before hiking 400 ft to the summit of Peak 13,615. Kathy decided to wait for me here and I continued on. The climbing was only class 1-2 but it took me a little over an hour to reach the summit and get back to where Kathy was waiting. I was a bit tuckered out at this point but regained some strength back on ridge traverse to the trail.

If you don't mind some exposed class 3 with a mix of loose class 2, this was a worthy climb to some seldom visited peaks with fantastic views of the northern White Mtns and Sierras.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4015 ft / 1222 m
    Elevation Loss:4015 ft / 1222 m
    Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3015 ft / 918 m
    Extra Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Southern approach from White Mtn trail
    Trailhead:White Mtn road trailhead  11600 ft / 3535 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3015 ft / 918 m
    Extra Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:south approach from White Mtn trail
    Trailhead:White Mtn road trailhead  11600 ft / 3535 m

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