Ascent of Matterhorn on 2013-06-30

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
M Evans
Susan Murphy
Jose Witt
Heather W
Larry D
Harlan S
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
    Elevation:10838 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started off on the road by the creek, which was right next to our campsite. The road is very gradual and gains elevation slowly, eventually ending in a trailhead/staging area, where it becomes a trail. Driving a 4WD HC vehicle to this spot should be possible, but be aware that is will require several stream crossings.

The trail continiued southeast and began to gain elevation more rapidly, but still at a moderate level. We eventually veered off the trail, heading up a ridge. The steep stuff began here, and persisted for most of the rest of the hike. We eventually made it up toward a subpeak to the south of Matterhorn, between Matterhorn and Cougar. I sidehilled this to the north, then climed on the steep blocky talus up to the summit.

The summit was swarming with bugs of all description. Many ladybugs, small black winged ant/wasp type bugs about half an inch long, and tiny soft shelled beetles about 2mm long made up the bulk of the swarm. None of them seemed to be biting or stinging, but were landing all over everyone and were truly a nuisance. When a cloud would come by they would settle down quite a bit, but when the sun came back out the frenzy would begin again. This also happened on Square Top and Jumbo later.

After waiting on the summit, some of us began the traverse down the steep talus toward Square Top to the north. Nothing fancy, but not easy terrain either. See the Square Top trip report for the next part.

Moving time up was 3 hours, 16 minutes; 18 minutes down (to the bottom of the saddle with Square Top).

GPS track shown is for the entire traverse.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4377 ft / 1333 m
    Elevation Loss:612 ft / 185 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Overcast
Warm and humid
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4364 ft / 1330 m
    Extra Loss:86 ft / 26 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Trailhead:Bluster NF Campground   6560 ft / 1999 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:526 ft / 159 m
    Extra Gain:13 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:North Ridge to Square Top Saddle
    Trailhead:Up road from Bluster NF Campground  10325 ft / 3147 m
    Time Down:29 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Matterhorn Traverse (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Matterhorn2013-06-30 a
2Square Top2013-06-30 b
3Jumbo Peak2013-06-30 c
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by BMS 914
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