Ascent of Hole in the Mountain Peak on 2014-07-27
|Others in Party:||Joel Brewster|
----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 ReportFirst 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|
| Time Up:||3 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Time Down:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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