Ascent of Koppen Mountain on 2018-08-05

Climber: Matt Kurjanowicz

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Koppen Mountain
    Elevation:6031 ft / 1838 m

Ascent Trip Report

Here is where the trail really degrades. Try to keep on the trail. If you lose it, look around and search for it again. Once you get north of the Johnson Medra trail intersection again, heading toward Koppen, the trail really becomes a lot better and a lot more runnable. Be careful which boot paths you follow (oops) and you come to the last saddle before Koppen. Koppen from the south is a fun scramble, mostly easy class 2, but with the only real class 3 move to be made. Fun stuff. It's boot path from there to the summit. 10.25mi, 4750' gain, 5:30 to the summit of Koppen.

I had noticed rain clouds coming in, and having walked plenty of narrow(ish) rocky ridge sections I wanted trail. I decided to keep an eye on them, and if they were still there when I was going to get off the trail to follow the East ridge of De Roux, that I would bail and just stay on the trail. Well, I got to the intersection of the Koppen Ridge trail and the De Roux spur trail, and couldn't find any further evidence of the trail toward De Roux. I know people have done it, but I searched for about five minutes and that was it. Mentally I was done, and I was really tired of side hilling without trail (plenty of that before ...). I descended down the spur and onto the main trail. Here, at about mile 13, is the first real source of water. I was out at this point, so I stopped, drank my fill, filled up a liter, and made my way back, reaching the De Roux campground at 14.25mi total, and 4788' gain. I knew what had to happen - I had to make 20 miles, and I had to get that gain above 5000' :)

To make this a loop I ran the road from the De Roux campground to where I started. On the forest service maps I saw a trail north and east of the road. I scouted some Saturday and couldn't find any evidence of the expected exit, so I decided to play it safe and stay on the road. I mostly jogged here. My legs hurt, and I was surprised I could keep it below 15 minute miles for a bit. I made it back to the car at 18.4 total miles, so kept going until I hit enough mileage to turn around. Back at the car at 8:30, having gone 20.05mi with 5025' total elevation gain. Very happy to be done, I tucked into some chips, some Gatorade, a soda, and made my way back toward civilization.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1845 ft / 561 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3126 ft / 952 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.9 mi / 22.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1590 ft / 484 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Malcolm Peak  4441 ft / 1353 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3126 ft / 952 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2871 ft / 875 m; Extra: 255 ft / 77m
    Gain on way out:255 ft / 77 m
    Distance:9.7 mi / 15.7 km
    Route:De Roux Spur - N. Fork Teanaway
    End Trailhead:Johnson Medra TH  3160 ft / 963 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 20180805 - Johnson, Malcolm, Koppen

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Johnson Mountain2018-08-052195 ft / 669 m
2Malcolm Mountain2018-08-05965 ft / 294 m
3Koppen Mountain2018-08-051845 ft / 562 m
Total Trip Gain: 5005 ft / 1525 m    Total Trip Loss: 3126 ft / 953 m

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