Ascent of Summit Mountain on 2009-06-12

Climber: Brad Boester

Date:Friday, June 12, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Summit Mountain
    Elevation:10461 ft / 3188 m

Ascent Trip Report

Take Hwy 50 East from Austin, proceed over Hickson summit then a few miles farther there is a sign marked "Belmont Rd" turn right here onto a well graded gravel road, (if you see a rest area on the left you went passed your turn off). Drive 3.7 miles to a cattle guard and a large sign marked "USDA Grimes Flat Seeding Area" turn left on a dirt road heading east along a fence. A car may be able to drive part way up this road with caution in dry conditions,(recommend 4WD if wet).Follow road for 3.5 miles to FR257 which is marked with a brown plastic sign and heads south. A 4wd vehicle can drive up this road but a tree was blocking the road at 7300ft. At about 7600ft or 4miles the road is overgrown and becomes more of a path that curves east,follow this path below and east of a rock outcrop(elev7800ft). To the east you will see the saddle(elev9400ft) between Antelope peak and the ridge to Summit mtn, proceed through juniper and sagebrush to this saddle or sidehill up the ridge to your right. The terrain becomes open with minor 2nd class rock near the summit. Observed several wild horses in area. Labeled ascent quality a 4 due to long approach. Probably a 3 if you can drive to the FR257 jct.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4326 ft / 1317 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4176 ft / 1272 m
    Round-Trip Distance:23 mi / 37 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Partly cloudy on ascent /TS on return
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4176 ft / 1272 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4026 ft / 1227 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Route:Pedlar Creek Rd/North ridge
    Start Trailhead:Belmont Road  6435 ft / 1961 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4026 ft / 1227 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3876 ft / 1181 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:11.4 mi / 18.4 km
    Route:Pedlar Creek Rd/North ridge
    End Trailhead:Belmont Road  6585 ft / 2007 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes

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