Ascent of Spirit Mountain on 2010-01-03

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Can't Find ClimberID 2510
Susan Murphy
Val McNay
Fred Dexter
Nga Lam
Phil Aurit
Date:Sunday, January 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spirit Mountain
    Elevation:5639 ft / 1718 m

Ascent Trip Report

We stated out from the "trailhead" .25 miles east of Christmas Tree Pass, but should have gone another .25 miles east to make the trip more direct. Once over the initial pass, one should aim for going around the right of the large spire in front of Spirit mountain. As one heads there, one should pick up one of a myriad of use trails marked by cairns. The trails are steep with some loose sand and rock, but I've seen much worse. The only part that gets tricky is when one reaches the final ridge and it looks like the peak is off to the right, it is really off to the left. One must go through a crack in the hill to the left to see and reach the summit.

Views from the top are incredible!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2559 ft / 779 m
    Elevation Loss:2559 ft / 779 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2259 ft / 688 m
    Extra Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:wash down to junction @ 3600 ft, then up that wash
    Trailhead:.25 mi east of Christmas Tree Pass  3880 ft / 1182 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2059 ft / 627 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:trail to 3800 ft, then x-country to starting point
    Trailhead:.25 mi east of Christmas Tree Pass  3880 ft / 1182 m

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