Ascent of Old Woman Mountain on 2017-02-04

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Old Woman Mountain
    Elevation:5325 ft / 1623 m

Ascent Trip Report

my original plan was to come in from the north, based on other trip reports which expressed "fun trip" and such. however this morning when i looked at the TRs again i realised there was a 4wd approach: not only would that offer a great opportunity to test out my truck's new tires, but the hike looked shorter, i might fit in a bonus peak! wrong on the last two counts.

carbonate road is definitely 4wd high-clearance, and you need good tires for all the rocks. expect 1h from when you leave the pavement (national trails hwy) to the trailhead. gmaps will take you there just fine. i stopped a mile short of the trailhead: by this point i'd got a few new desert pinstripes on the truck, that's to be expected, but the point i stopped was a tight squeeze between a rock and a very branchy tree. if i had tried to brute force between them i'm pretty sure the truck would have some pretty serious scratches, and who knows what else. given it was only an extra mile each way, and a short hike, i figured why not.

the hike itself was slow going, i didn't even average 1000' per hour. lots of stabby and thorny plants, lots of rocks to climb (almost entirely class 2). between the extra driving time, and the extra hiking time i ended up back at pavement at sunset. no bonus peak for me.

i should have learned by now: if it's DPS then it's going to be a long hike :)

but at least my truck's new tires proved to be awesome on the rocks (tires are BFG KO2).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2526 ft / 770 m
    Elevation Loss:2526 ft / 770 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route Conditions:
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2526 ft / 770 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Trailhead:2899 ft / 883 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2426 ft / 740 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.1 km
    Trailhead:2899 ft / 883 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 41 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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