Ascent of Static Peak on 2013-07-04

Climber: Curtis Bowden

Date:Thursday, July 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Static Peak
    Elevation:11303 ft / 3445 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from the Death Canyon TH with a light Camelbak, a can of V8, and a couple of tram bars (a delicious local fantastic alternative to pro-bars/clif bars, etc.). Though not difficult, this ascent is beautiful. Ran up to Phelps Lake Overlook (about a mile) for a quick picture and then ran up to the patrol cabin (total time about 45 minutes). Here, the trail splits to the north and you follow it up...and up...and up. I believe it is the Alaska Basin trail. This section was beautiful and more secluded, with incredible wildflowers and small waterfalls and minor patches of snow - nothing my running shoes couldn't handle by any means. I continued up to Mount Albright (I wanted to double bag, but I didn't have the time), chatted with a group of hikers, and then continued on to Static Peak. After all the switchbacks, there was a bit of a perilous 50-foot section due to the snow coverage: a tumble would've resulted in a loooong steep slide down. I picked my way across, jogged to the Static Peak Divide sign, and found the small goat trail and followed that for as long as I could. It was faint, and when it gave out, I just continued on up the class II/III slope, picking my way around the rocks. The summit was beautiful and affords an incredible look down onto Timberline Lake. Ran back down and went to a free Old Crow Medicine Show concert and fireworks in Jackson for the best fourth of July I've ever had.

Note: I took my minivan about halfway through the ~1 mile Death Canyon trailhead, but the road is rather rough. A good alternative for vehicles not up for it is the LSR preserve/Phelps Lake TH. Get there earlier, because it is much more popular, and if it is full, you will wait quite a while.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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