Ascent of Mae West Peaks on 2016-03-20

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Richard Hensley
Paul McClellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mae West Peaks
    Elevation:6726 ft / 2050 m

Ascent Trip Report

NOTE: It is not clear whether or not this route involves trespass or not- there were private homes in the valley we drove through, and the route did take us through some active ranching land. That said, we encountered 2 gates (when hiking), and both were latched closed, but unlocked. While there was a (faded) sign saying "private property-no trespassing" (down in the valley near the houses), there was no sign indicating "no access to public lands" or anything of that sort.

If you want to take this general approach, you may want to look at some satellite imagery, as the road we took was poor the last half mile or so, and we ended up walking along a much better road- if one could drive to that- one may be able to drive further and not have to deal with any bad road (that was passenger car friendly).

As for the route, we took a more direct route up and a less direct route back. Both had advantages and disadvantages. The direct route had significant climbing on steep somewhat loose ground that would have been much worse on the way down. The last 200 vertical feet before the east summit were particularly bad. The indirect route was mostly good, but the one section getting from the main summit to the south ridge was probably the worst terrain of the day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1826 ft / 556 m
    Elevation Loss:1826 ft / 556 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1776 ft / 541 m
    Extra Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:via the East Summit
    Trailhead:Gate at 5100'  5100 ft / 1554 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1676 ft / 511 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:via the East Summit
    Trailhead:Gate at 5100'  5100 ft / 1554 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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