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Ascent of Split Mountain on 2013-07-14

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Others in Party:BMS 914
Collin Kamholz
James Cho
Andrew Phair
Date:Sunday, July 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Split Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14058 ft / 4284 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are apparently two marked trails starting near the trailhead. There is a fork in the dirt road very near the trailhead. If you turn right you will go to the trailhead for the trail shown on Garmin topo maps. We did not take this trail. This trail starts up a very steep slope to avoid bushwhacking along the Red Mountain Creek. If you go straight at the fork in the dirt road near the trailhead you will start along an alternative trail that eventually meets with the official trail. This alternative does not have an immediate elevation gain like the official trail does. However, there is considerable bushwhacking for about 100 yards on this trail. Also, the alternative trail is not marked as well and becomes indistinct in a number of places. There appears to be no advantage to the alternative trail (which we took) other than to avoid the initial elevation gain. There is no elevation loss on the official trail but it does start out very steeply. I won't talk about getting to the TH which is another adventure altogether. There is limited space near upper Red Lake for camping. An alternative would be to camp near lower Red Lake where there is a nice grassy area for camping. While we obtained a permit from the ranger station in Bishop we did notice that there were too many people at Red Lake for all of them to have permits. In fact, we had taken all 5 permits for that day and there were supposed to be only 3 more for walk ups. It may be better to attempt this during the week when there would be less people camping. Or you may wish to do it as a day hike.

Just a short note on terrain. The terrain from TH to Red Lake is not too bad except for bushwhacking near the TH and also a short interval near Red Lake where you actually have to hike up a small stream in very brushy conditions. Above Red Lake it is almost entirely talus and scrambling. You will be lucky to walk more than 100 yards without boulder hopping or scrambling. Take your best hiking boots for this one.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:8337 ft / 2539 m
    Extra Gain:491 ft / 149 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Trailhead:6703 ft / 2043 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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