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Ascent of Maturango Peak on 2014-03-29

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BLMhikergirl Pipps
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Maturango Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8839 ft / 2694 m

Ascent Trip Report

As mentioned in previous reports, the road is open to the end, and there are no signs, much less fences, indicating anything is off-limits. Further their are more cairns and a better use trail than many active DPS peaks, so I'm really surprised that it's "suspended" from the DPS list.

For the initial climb up the first slope, many people have cut the switchbacks making the best route hard to follow. If you take a line that's too steep, the rocks and dirt will slide out from under you.

As with the prior party, we headed up the ridge containing peak 8328'. Once at the main ridge (on the far side of 8328') the slope moderated and the terrain became quite nice - great way to end the ascent!

At the very top there was a bit of easy class 3 scrambling to reach the very summit. At the summit, there was a register as well as great views of some airstrips on the military base.

I uncharacteristically forgot my GPS, so my numbers are estimated.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4399 ft / 1339 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Southeast ridge
    Trailhead:End of Bendire Cyn Rd  4840 ft / 1475 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 15 Minutes



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