Ascent of Pilot Peak on 2013-07-05

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Joel Brewster
BLMhikergirl Pipps
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pilot Peak
    Elevation:10716 ft / 3266 m

Ascent Trip Report

To get to the trailhead, there is road that goes directly up Miners Canyon from the main road (Leppy Pass Road, I think) that it not on the maps. It's easy to spot because it is right before (south of) the first cattle guard on that road.

It looks like the road ends well before it does because there are 4 foot tall plants growing throughout the road for a small section. That's why we camped at about 6180'. That said, that area's probably better for camping anyway (larger, flatter, more accessible trees for shade).

The road actually goes to about 6640'. From there, it looks like a trail goes in the canyon- wrong! We came back that way and there was no trail, and the terrain was poor. Instead, I recommend heading up the right (north) side of the canyon. Soon you can get atop a ridge and follow that to the summit. The spot marked 9113 involves some elevation loss (via class 3 downclimbing), but looked much better than any alternative we saw.

What appears to be a bit of a level area around 10,160' is actually some of the worse terrain over nothing but loose 2-3 foot sized rocks.

Overall, the terrain was actually quite decent to ascend, but on the way back it felt much looser, making it quite tedious.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4276 ft / 1303 m
    Elevation Loss:4276 ft / 1303 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4176 ft / 1273 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Miners Canyon to south ridge
    Trailhead:End of Miners Canyon Road  6640 ft / 2023 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4176 ft / 1273 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:south ridge to Miners Canyon
    Trailhead:End of Miners Canyon Road  6640 ft / 2023 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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