Ascent of Mount Hilgard on 2013-08-24

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Tim Newman
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Hilgard
    Elevation:11533 ft / 3515 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was to be an easy hike up a trail to very near the summit, with a few hundred meters of off-trail hiking at the very end. It was intended as an easy start to Eric's annual Colorado trip, with two other (even more) minor summits planned for later in the day as we drove through Utah on our way to Colorado.

The drive in with all of us piled in Eric's Xterra was easy, though high clearance was needed. The trail that showed on multiple maps was invisible at the start, even when the GPS showed us standing right on it. As we ascended, it became better defined, but faded and was lost and then later regained, etc. So be aware that this hike basically goes all Class 2.

Near the summit, the terrain switches to medium block talus. After some easy boulder hopping, we were all on the top. Great view!

As we began our descent, the rain, thunder, and lightning (fortunately fairly distant) commenced. We took basically the same route down, though we ended up going at it a little more directly in those places where we couldn't find any trail. I got a little wet, but didn't feel like breaking out my single-use poncho and wasting it for such a short hike (a good decision, as I used it later in the trip on Crestone Peak and really needed it then). It didn't take us long to get back to the vehicle.

The ride out proved to be the biggest adventure of the outing. The dirt road we came in on, which had some big wet puddles at the time, had flooded and gotten really wet and messy. In spite of great care, Eric had some difficulties getting past a couple of very boggy spots, and nearly got the Xterra stuck. We skipped our planned second hike which was nearby due to the rain and mud, and headed up the road to drive to Boulder Top.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1432 ft / 435 m
    Elevation Loss:1432 ft / 435 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Overcast
Light rain during descent
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1410 ft / 429 m
    Extra Loss:28 ft / 8 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Trailhead:Very faint trail off of NF-141  10151 ft / 3094 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1404 ft / 427 m
    Extra Gain:22 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Trailhead:Very faint trail off of NF-141  10151 ft / 3094 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 2 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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