Ascent of Mount Morgan on 2009-07-26

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Sunday, July 26, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Morgan
    Elevation:13748 ft / 4190 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail to Francis Lake was in good shape and relatively easy (except for the final stretch from Kenneth Lake to Francis Lake). I actually departed the trail a little short of Francis Lake - just before it crossed the stream coming out of the lake, and got muddy. I headed west and had no issue finding a good path up. I was surprised how hard to find/keep the unmaintained trail was - I was on it for a very small percentage of the climb. Unfortunately, I climbed the ridge prematurely, and this wasted substantial time (and effort). It almost prevented me from gaining the summit as the weather was turning against me, but fortunately the thunderstorms held off long enough. The views from the summit are INCREDIBLE!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4388 ft / 1336 m
    Elevation Loss:4388 ft / 1336 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4238 ft / 1291 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Francis Lake trail - northwest ridge
    Trailhead:Rock Creek Lake  9710 ft / 2959 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4188 ft / 1276 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Francis Lake trail - northwest ridge
    Trailhead:Rock Creek Lake  9710 ft / 2959 m

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