Ascent of Rhodes Peak on 2004-08-29

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Bob Bolton
Dan Robbins
Date:Sunday, August 29, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rhodes Peak
    Elevation:7930 ft / 2417 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob Bolton, Dan Robbins and I had to park atop Blacklead Peak and then hike from there. The first part consisted of a drop to Goat Lake where we lost about 1000 feet before swinging up towards Williams Peak which we went over on the way in by cutting cross country. We saw a wolf on this portion of our journey but found that it is best to stick with the trail going both ways. Unless you want to pick up Williams Peak, stay on the trail. We passed a couple lakelets before the trail headed back up and we left the trail again to gain the summit of Rhodes Peak. We found a register in an interesting pipe container and found just a few others had been to this summit before us. Great views in all directions and since we were worried about the weather, we didn't stay long. The biggest pain on this one is the fact that you have to regain lost elevation with the worst being the 1000 foot gain from Goat Lake to the top of Blacklead mountain. Overall, about 4400 hundred feet in close to 14 miles. It would be less without adding Williams Peak but not by much. Plan for most of a day for this one. Carry a water filter for Goat Lake and the small lakes along the way. Also you are in wolf country and might see some. Best to not hike solo on this one and GPS waypoints and a good map would be recommended.

See my summitpost page that I've put together for this one.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble

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