Ascent of Matterhorn on 2013-06-30
|Others in Party:||Eric Kassan|
----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 ReportWe 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
| 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|
| 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:
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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