Ascent of Hole in the Mountain Peak on 2014-07-27

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Kay Komuro -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Rich Stephens -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Lyn Blackshaw
Susan Wenberg
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hole in the Mountain Peak
    Elevation:11306 ft / 3446 m

Ascent Trip Report

First off- the road: The road from the pavement to Lizzies Basin was only 4 miles of dirt, and the first 3 were quite good. The last mile was one of the worst I've driven. Even in 4-low, deep holes had my wheels spinning and spewing dust. The "road" is not just crappy, its VERY steep and crappy. We took a brief look by the water, and there enough bugs there to dissuade us from considering camping there. The spot on the ridge at the west end of the road made for a great campsite. It even had 4G Verizon cell coverage somehow!

The trail from the end of the road was fairly easy to follow (cairns) until it lost the elevation to descend into the main valley. From there, we had a bit of bushwhacking and a stream crossing until we were on decent ground with a clear route to the ridge. There were two prominent gullies, and while we wanted to gain the ridge from the left gully, we took the right gully must of the way up, crossing over just above a large monolith. Once you start getting out of the valley, the climb is STEEP! While you gain 3100+ over 2 miles, it's actually much steeper than that, as some of the distance is over flat and even descending ground. Fortunately, the steep ground is usually not too bad.

Yes, this peak is on a bunch of lists, but the scenery in the entire area (from the campsite to the summit) was just incredible!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3326 ft / 1012 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:East ridge
    Trailhead:West end of road  8380 ft / 2554 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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