Ascent of Puma Peak on 2013-09-21

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Dave Covill
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Puma Peak
    Elevation:11570 ft / 3526 m

Ascent Trip Report

The drive used Gerry and Jennifer Roach's guidebook to the local wilderness areas. The roads had some damage from the recent flooding. If we'd driven my 4Runner we'd have been able to drive all the way to the saddle at ~11,050' but we were in a lower-clearance vehicle and chose to stop about 800' lower. You'd have to stop a little lower if the gate were closed; it's at about 9800' or so.

We were not the first to note that the USGS map is wrong on this peak. My guess is that the 11550 and 11570 spot elevations are reversed. It is clear, even without a sighting level, that the easterly summit is higher (the Roach guidebook points this out, too). With sighting levels (we each had one, and sighted independently) it was clear the where we were was higher than the tops of the trees on "11570".
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1290 ft / 393 m
    Route:Road, then E ridge
    Trailhead:Switchback on road  10280 ft / 3133 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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